England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed on Monday afternoon that Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of the squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro as he fights to retain his fitness.
However, the Manchester United defender, has no plans to retire from international football, and hopes to be back in the England shirt as soon as possible. Hodgson, who met Ferdinand in London yesterday, said: “I’m disappointed Rio will not be available, but due to the detailed pre-planned training and medical programme he must follow it’s not possible.”
Hodgson added: “I was pleased that Rio called and asked to meet with me. It was important to hear from him personally about the way he must manage his body between games.
“This is not to say he cannot play back-to-back games – he can and has proven so.
“He’s out this time due to particular pre-planned details already in place for his programme.
“I must place on record how I was impressed with his commitment to playing for England and I look forward to hopefully selecting him for squads in the future.”
Ferdinand also spoke of the situation adding: “It was important for me to be able to speak with Roy face to face and explain the situation, and one thing I made clear was that my passion and commitment to represent my country is as strong as ever.
“It is disappointing that I won’t be able to play a part in the upcoming games but I told Roy that I want to continue to be available for England and I look forward to working with him in the future.”