Hodgson surprised by retirement of Man Utd's Ferdinand

England coach Roy Hodgson admits he was surprised by the international retirement of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

England coach Roy Hodgson admits he was surprised by the international retirement of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

Despite the confusion over Ferdinand's previous call-up and subsequent withdrawal, Hodgson insisted he was surprised by the decision.

"I guess I was," said Hodgson.

"I didn't expect it. It's obviously something he thought about himself and kept his cards close to his chest. It was as big a surprise to me yesterday when he called me as it was for the general public today."

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