Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand admits England career ‘might be over’

Rio Ferdinand is accepting his England career is almost certainly over, ending his dream of winning 100 international caps

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Rio Ferdinand made 30 Premier League appearances of Man United this season Photo: The Sport Review

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Rio Ferdinand admits his England career “might be over” after the Manchester United defender was omitted from Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2012.

The 33-year-old impressed for the Red Devils in the absence of captain Nemanja Vidić last season after making 30 Premier League appearances – his highest tally in a campaign since 2008.

But Ferdinand was controversially overlooked by Hodgson in his original 23-man selection for the European championship in Poland and Ukraine.

The centre-half also missed out on a call-up after Gary Cahill was ruled out of the tournament last week, with Liverpool’s Martin Kelly drafted in as a replacement.

And although Ferdinand admitted his prospects of playing for England again are looking bleak, the former Leeds United star insists he will remain available for selection after Euro 2012.

“You would have to say it might be over with England for me. If I’m not getting picked now, especially when people are out injured, then it’s unlikely I will be picked again,” he told the Sun.

“I always said I wouldn’t retire from international football until I stopped playing and I won’t. I will still be available.”

He added: “Of course I was upset not to be in the squad. That’s a perfectly natural reaction.

“I love being involved in football at the very top. I won’t discuss what Mr Hodgson has said to me but he knows I wanted to be in the squad.”

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