England exile Rio Ferdinand focusing on winning more titles with Man United

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says he is not losing any sleep over his England exile and is focusing on club football

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Rio Ferdinand has 81 England caps Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Rio Ferdinand insists he is not losing any sleep over his England exile, instead preferring to focus on winning more titles with Manchester United.

The 34-year-old has not featured for the national side under current Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson, with his last England appearance coming back in June 2011.

United are top of the Premier League, face Reading in the FA Cup fifth round and take on Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 – and Ferdinand is happy to concentrate on his club football.

“I’m not sitting there thinking about trying to get back into the England team,” Ferdinand told United’s website. “I’m just playing football for Manchester United.

“That’s what I love doing and that is what’s at the forefront of my mind. Everything I’m doing is for playing for Manchester United and doing the best I can for United.

“If that, in time, ends up in me getting a call-up for England, then great and fantastic. If it doesn’t, I won’t really lose any sleep over it. I’m here fighting for titles and couldn’t be any happier if I’m honest.”

Ferdinand also revealed that he spends international breaks working on his fitness with veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

“This is a good time, especially for the likes of myself, Giggsy and Scholesy, as we can work on our fitness. If we have to put in extra mileage to keep ourselves teetering on the edge, we can do that this week.”

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