Let’s wait and see! Roy Hodgson coy over Rio Ferdinand’s England future
England manager Roy Hodgson says he will "wait and see" whether Rio Ferdinand still has a future in the Three Lions set-up
Roy Hodgson says he will “wait and see” whether Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has a future with England.
The 34-year-old pulled out of the Three Lions squad for the forthcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro, citing a strict fitness regime which the centre-half most follow.
The Red Devils veteran was heavily criticised on Thursday after it emerged Ferdinand will visit a training academy in Doha before taking up a role as a pundit on al-Jazeera television for England’s clash against San Marino.
While Hodgson admitted he was disappointed the former Leeds United defender pulled out off his 24-man squad, the England boss says Ferdinand’s off-field activities are none of his concern.
“I don’t have any serious thoughts on it,” said Hodgson.
“I was disappointed when he didn’t accept the invitation so what he does now is his business and the club’s business and as far as I’m concerned I’m happy with the squad and that’s my focus.”
Hodgson also refused to speculate on whether Ferdinand’s England career could be over following his withdrawal.
“I think we should just wait and see,” he added. “It depends on how his injury impacts on England, so we’ll wait and see, but I’m happy with the squad we’ve got.”
Hodgson had called up Ferdinand to the national team for the first time since June 2011, with the centre-half controversially omitted from the 65-year-old’s Euro 2012 squad.