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Time to move on from Rio - Shilton

Time to move on from Rio - Shilton (©GettyImages)
Time to move on from Rio - Shilton (©GettyImages).

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has urged Roy Hodgson to resist calls for Rio Ferdinand's international return.

The Manchester United defender was left out of the squad for the 2012 European Championship, with fellow centre-back John Terry, who on Sunday retired from England duty, selected despite the court case awaiting him. Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates Court of racially abusing Ferdinand's younger brother Anton while playing for Chelsea against QPR last season.

Terry's retirement gave rise to widespread suggestions Rio Ferdinand could be reinstated, despite national team coach Hodgson's insistence that he was left out of the tournament squad for purely "footballing reasons", but Shilton feels it is time to move on, and he told BBC Sport: "His time has gone. We have to look to the future and I would look to the youth."

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