Hodgson shuts England door on Man Utd veteran Ferdinand

England boss Roy Hodgson has shut the door on an international return for Manchester United veteran Rio Ferdinand.

England boss Roy Hodgson has shut the door on an international return for Manchester United veteran Rio Ferdinand.

Hodgson has no intention of recalling Ferdinand, despite England’s defensive lapses in Sweden last week.

And Hodgson will not ask Chelsea captain John Terry to reconsider his international retirement.

He admitted: “I’ve moved on from the Ferdinand and Terry debate and I think the team has moved on from it as well.

“We are now looking at other players that we can play at centre-half and we already have some pretty interesting alternatives.

“We’ve had Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott who have done well, Gary Cahill and Steven Caulker did well against Sweden and I am also looking for Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to come through.

“That is what I have got to do, to make certain that amongst that group of players someone will come through and force his way into my attention.

“I have to find a couple of players who are good enough to do the job in the way that John Terry and Rio Ferdinand did when they were playing.”

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