Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand faces a fresh England snub.

The Guardian says Fabio Capello is unlikely to select Ferdinand for England's friendlies against Spain and Sweden next month, sparing Chelsea captain John Terry the awkward situation of linking up with his senior international team-mate while the Football Association is investigating whether he racially abused the Manchester United defender's younger brother, Anton.

Capello has yet to be convinced by the 32-year-old's form and fitness this season and is anxious instead to consider the merits of younger players, principally the United defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, and Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill, against such high calibre opposition as the Spanish.