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21 Mar 2013 17:47:31

Hodgson ponders Ferdinand future

England manager Roy Hodgson has said he will "wait and see" if Rio Ferdinand has an international future, following the player's decision to miss the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

Manchester United defender Ferdinand opted to miss the games in order to manage his fitness when Hodgson wanted to bring him back into the England fold. It has since emerged that Ferdinand will travel to Doha, where he will work as a TV pundit on both England games.

At his last press conference before Friday's game with San Marino, Hodgson said: "I think we should just wait and see (if Ferdinand has an international future), I think it's more a question of how his injury situation will impact upon him playing for England, so we'll have to wait and see what happens in the future."

He added: "At the moment it's speculation about a longer-term future whereas my focus is on these next two games, which are important for us in our bid to qualify. I am happy with the squad we've got."

Ferdinand had been due to return as an England player for the first time since missing out on Euro 2012.


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