Man Utd hero Pallister: Ferdinand likely to give up on England

Manchester United hero Gary Pallister believes Rio Ferdinand will quit England.

Roy Hodgson insists he has not called time on Ferdinand's international career but many believe recent events have signalled the end.

Pallister thinks the manner in which Ferdinand was left out of the Euro 2012 against the backdrop of his brother Anton's race row with John Terry could have been the final straw.

"It (international retirement) must be on his mind, the way it has been handled and the way everything has gone," he said.

"It was a very delicate subject leading into the European Championships; obviously choices were made so he must feel like retiring.

"Alex Ferguson has already said he should say 'no' (to a recall) any way but whether that's been taken out of his hands now I don't know.

"If I was Rio I don't think I would have the willpower to come back and say 'I want to play for England again'.

"Look at (United team-mates) Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. If you want greater longevity for your club, then retiring from international football is good for your career.

"But he plays sometimes as if he is wearing a pair of carpet slippers because he makes it look so easy so if Rio wants to play for England he should still be there."

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