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Hoddle blames Hodgson communication for Ferdinand fiasco

Former England coach Glenn Hoddle feels Roy Hodgson should have called Manchester United ahead of selecting Rio Ferdinand last week.

Hoddle wrote in the Mail on Sunday: "I don't see the fact that he flew out to Qatar to do TV analysis as being disrespectful to his country. It might seem disappointing that he's taking two seven-hour-plus flights during this time but then none of us know the ins and outs of Rio's medical programme.

"He has said this is something he had done on previous international breaks. Getting into a warmer climate can be important for recuperating a back injury, even if the flights don't seem ideal. I don't think this closes the door on Rio's international career.

"As managers, you get used to managing relationships like this and often it's not as heated as it seems from the outside. Roy's right to keep the door open because I think he may well need Rio for some of the tricky ties in the autumn, when we play Montenegro and Poland at home. And he may even need him for the World Cup finals.

"The decision to select him was, of course, the right one. Rio is the best centre-half in the country at the moment and he also has the experience of 81 caps. But with hindsight I think Roy Hodgson will regret the fact that he hadn't spoken to him and his club prior to selection.

"And for me, this is the kind of issue that would have been best dealt with a phone call a couple of weeks ago to Sir Alex Ferguson to say: 'Look, I'm thinking of bringing him back in, what do you think?' Then they would have known the full extent of his training regime."

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