Exile can extend Rio's career
Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful Rio Ferdinand will lengthen his Manchester United career as a result of being continually overlooked by England. England manager Roy Hodgson told a fan on the Jubilee Line recently that he was moving on from Ferdinand and, with a patchy fitness record, it is difficult to see the 33-year-old being selected by his country again. "I don't think the John Terry controversy at Chelsea has done our man any favours," said Ferguson in his programme notes ahead of Saturday's match against Stoke at Old Trafford. "I feel Rio Ferdinand has rather caught the backwash in terms of his international career. "All I will say is that from a Manchester United point of view, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have substantially extended their playing careers with us by retiring early from the international scene. "That kind of situation is entirely up to the player involved of course, but I know what I hope Rio will do."
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