Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is reportedly considering retiring from international football in order to concentrate on his club career.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Ferdinand, 32, is mulling over the prospect of hanging up his boots on the international stage in order to prolong his career at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand has represented England 81 times, but has lost his position as a certain starter after both injuries and uncertain form.
Having been left out of the Three Lions’ squad to face Montenegro earlier this month, the former Leeds United ace was also dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson for yesterday’s 1-0 win at Everton after criticism of his performance in last weekend’s 6-1 defeat against Manchester City.
His problems have been further heightened by the emergence of youngsters such as Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, while Gary Cahill appears to have nailed down a place in the heart of the England defence in his place.
Recent speculation has linked him with a move away from Manchester, however reports suggest he is ready to end his international career early in order to cement his spot in the United starting line-up.