The Daily Mail says after victory over Brazil, England coach Roy Hodgson seemed to claim they had moved on from the Ferdinand era and were looking to younger players for the 2014 World Cup.
"For years England had a centre-back pairing (John Terry and Ferdinand) everyone was satisfied with and they were two very good players," England's head coach said.
"For various reasons we've moved on from that and we have to try to solve the problem. I'm not going to talk about Rio. It seems that every other day I have to answer questions about Rio.
"We've just beaten Brazil for the first time in God knows how many years, the first time I've played against Brazil.
"We're talking international football, England against Brazil and some of the so-called very, very best players in the world. I think that whoever you would play at centre back would have problems against that quality of opposition."
However, despite Hodgson's comments the FA attempted to clarify the situation yesterday and insisted the door will never be closed on any player.