Roy Hodgson to 'wait and see' over Rio Ferdinand's England future

The Manchester United defender pulled out of the England squad due to fitness concerns

England manager Roy Hodgson has said he will “wait and see” if Rio Ferdinand has an international future, following the player's decision to miss the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

Manchester United defender Ferdinand opted to miss the games in order to manage his fitness when Hodgson wanted to bring him back into the England fold.

It has since emerged that Ferdinand will travel to Doha, where he will work as a TV pundit on both England games.

At his last press conference before tomorrow's game with San Marino, Hodgson said he would "wait and see" when asked if Ferdinand has an international future.

When pushed on Ferdinand 's future as an England players, Hodgson said: "I think we should just wait and see, I think it's more a question of how his injury situation will impact upon him playing for England, so we'll have to wait and see what happens in the future.

"At the moment it's speculation about a longer-term future whereas my focus is on these next two games, which are important for us in our bid to qualify. I am happy with the squad we've got."

Ferdinand had been due to return as an England player for the first time since missing out on Euro 2012.

Hodgson deflected questions on what he thought of Ferdinand's decision to miss the two games.

He said: "I don't have any serious thoughts on it. I was disappointed when he couldn't accept our invitation. It would have been nice to have him here."

Hodgson also refused to comment on Ferdinand's decision to go to Doha.

"As we all know he wasn't able to accept the invitation so what he actually does now and how he operates in the coming couple of weeks, that's his business and the club's business.

"You're asking me questions that I really don't want to go into."

Hodgson preferred to concentrate on the players who would be representing England.

"It really shows a lack of respect to some extent for the players who are here," he said.

"In this instance Rio made it clear that he wasn't able to accept my invitation on this occasion and we will see what happens in the future.

"What happens during this period of time when he's looking after himself, it's up to us to look after ourselves and do the job we've got to do in these next two matches."

England captain Steven Gerrard admitted he was disappointed Ferdinand had withdrawn but refused to comment on the player's decision.

"I don't think it's for me to comment. That's something for the manager to deal with to be honest. I just look at the players in the squad and worry about them players really.

"Of course it's disappointing Rio's not here, because he's a fantastic player and he's in top form, and it would've been nice for him to be here, but he's not, we move on without him and training's been really good."

Asked if England can cope without Ferdinand, Gerrard said: "Yes I do, certainly on the evidence I've seen in training the last few days.

"Repeating what the manager said, the four guys have been working hard and training well and they are all pushing for places.

"I'm confident that they can not only do the job tomorrow but on Tuesday night as well."

Despite Ferdinand's absence it looks unlikely Hodgson will use Michael Carrick as a central defender.

Hodgson added: "I think we've got four very good players here. I would be loath to be using Carrick, who has been selected for his prowess as a midfielder.

"It would be enormously harsh on the four centre-backs we have who are all vying for a place in the team."

PA

News
A poster by Durham Constabulary
news
Arts and Entertainment
books New York Times slammed over summer reading list
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine