England manager Roy Hodgson has vowed to sound out Rio Ferdinand ahead of recalling him to the England squad in future, reports The
The Man United defender had been called up to Hodgson’s squads for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro in March, but withdrew owing to concerns over his fitness.
He then flew to Dubai and worked as a TV pundit for the matches.
The controversial development also saw Hodgson face criticism for not discussing Ferdinand’s situation with him prior to naming his squad.
Ferdinand had withdrawn based on advice from United’s medical staff, who advised Hodgson that the ex-Leeds defender would require around six-weeks notice should he be required for England duty again.
The former Fulham and Liverpool manager has said that he will not make the same mistake twice, but did reiterate that Ferdinand’s previous withdrawal should not be a reason to automatically exclude the veteran defender from his squad in the future.
The timeframe offered by the club also indicate that Hodgson will likely be contacting them within the next few days to discuss the potential for Ferdinand to feature in the two friendlies at the end of May and early June, against Republic of Ireland on May 29 and away to Brazil on June 2, in two games which Hodgson sees as an important part of building for the World Cup Qualifiers..
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