The vicious anti-Ferdinand chants during last night's 8-0 World Cup qualifying win over San Marino will surely make it impossible for Hodgson to consider the Manchester United defender, even if his "intricate and pre-planned" fitness regime allows.
For if the fans who made their way to this tiny corner of the FIFA family felt it necessary to bellow such nasty taunts, how would a full Wembley react to the appearance of a player who preferred to commentate on his country rather than actually turn out for them?
Roy Hodgson: "Of course I heard it.
"I'm not deaf.
"But I've absolutely no comment to make on it."
Steven Taylor didn't make it onto the pitch in San Marino, but Ferdinand's "retirement" will obviously move the Newcastle defender up the pecking order.
Source: Newcastle United Mad