Centre back in line for shock return to the national fold.
England head coach Roy Hodgson could recall veteran Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to the national setup when he announces his squad to take on San Marino and Montenegro in the Three Lions’ upcoming World Cup double header on Thursday, says the Sunday Mirror.
Thirty-four year-old Ferdinand has yet to feature in any England squad while Hodgson has been in charge of the national team, and initial reports suggested that Hodgson felt Ferdinand could not be in a squad with John Terry.
With Ferdinand yet to be included in an England squad even after Terry’s retirement from international football, the manager was then thought to be concerned about the player’s overall fitness levels and consequently the centre back’s ability to play two matches in the space of a short period of time.
However, following Ferdinand’s two eye catching displays of late for United in the Champions League against Real Madrid, Hodgson may now relent and make a dramatic U-turn by recalling the player for this month’s two crucial qualifiers, but it is more than likely that Ferdinand will only feature in the second international against Montenegro.