Rio Ferdinand has taken to Twitter to defend the timing of his planned trip to Qatar after pulling out of the England squad citing his need to follow an “intricate pre-planned programme” to stay fit.
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Ferdinand was recalled by Roy Hodgson after being left out since the new boss has taken charge, preferring John Terry over the Manchester United Centre Back, but now that Terry has retired from International duty, Ferdinand has worked his way back into the set up, but his withdrawal came as a shock for the fans that wanted him to be recalled.
The 34-year-old has had to defend himself amid a backlash of criticism from fans when it emerged that he would travel to the Middle East during the international break in order to comment on Friday’s game on television.
But Ferdinand has since taken to Twitter in order to defend his actions, writing: “I’ve flown out for some pre-planned downtime…with a bit of punditry thrown in for a game I would have watched anyway.
“Haters are gonna hate…also assume everything…although it must be the gospel truth based on assumptions.
“No different from what I did in the last 10 day international break…thank you guys.”
It is unclear whether Ferdinand will ever play for England again after so many snubs from manager Roy Hodgson. Ferdinand won the last of his 81 England caps during a Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland back in 2011.
Newcastle’s Steven Taylor has replaced the Manchester United star in the England squad, who take on lowly San Marino tomorrow night.