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."