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Man Utd defender Ferdinand not thinking England retirement

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says he has no plans for England retirement.

While United is his priority for now, Ferdinand admits it hurt to miss out on the 3-2 defeat against Holland during the week.

"Of course it did," he told The Sun. "Whenever an England squad has come up over the last 13 or 14 years I've been in almost every one when I've been fit.

"Stuart Pearce told me he was taking some younger players and wouldn't have learned anything from me going out there playing. I respect that but at the same time if you're not disappointed at being left out there's something wrong with you.

"I didn't see much of a difference in the Holland game from what we've been seeing before under Capello. Have we made any great strides forward or learned anything from that game? It would be hard to say that we have.

"I still want to play for England. Believe me, if given the chance to go to the Euros I will be there. I've got no thought of retiring. And if Harry Redknapp is the manager we will have a good shot at it."

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