Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Rio Ferdinand to forget about an England return and concentrate on his club career with Manchester United.
John Terry's decision to quit international football has raised the prospect of a recall for the Red Devils centre-half, who missed out on Euro 2012.
Ferdinand has continued to make himself available despite that snub, which Roy Hodgson maintains was for "football reasons" and nothing to do with the court case involving Terry and his brother Anton Ferdinand.
But Ferguson reckons international retirement would help prolong the 33-year-old's Old Trafford career.
He said: "Rio could do the job for England, there's no doubt about that, but I don't see why he should.
"He should concentrate on his career here, that's what I'd prefer. If he looks after himself there is no reason why he can't play on."