England coach Gary Neville has hinted he does not expect former Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand to be recalled to the national squad, which suggests the defender's career for his country may be over.
Ferdinand, a former England captain, has not played under the reign of Roy Hodgson but, following the retirement of John Terry from international football, it has been claimed he may return to the fold.
Hodgson has always maintained that Ferdinand has been omitted for purely football reasons, but there were suggestions the England boss made his decision amid the Terry-Anton Ferdinand affair.
The assertions of the former Fulham boss could be backed up if he fails to pick Ferdinand for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, and Neville says Hodgson will base his selections players who will be available in 2014.
"I don't understand the big issue about this," Neville said on Sky Sports when asked about his former teammate at Old Trafford.
"This is not a Roy Hodgson thing, it's not like Rio has been playing consistently for England over the past two years. He only played in three of Fabio Capello's last 18 games.
"Importantly, Roy has said he is not going to take experienced internationals, with 70 or 80 caps, to the World Cup, and then have them sit in the stands.
"I've been in squads where that has happened and it's been divisive. It would be divisive in this squad but it's not going to happen and that's the correct decision.
"The door is not closed on Rio and, if he is selected, then he will be the first name on the teamsheet.
"Hodgson is looking to the World Cup in 2014. Rio is a class player but, by the World Cup, he will be 35."
The Manchester United defender has made 81 appearances during 14 years as a senior international, but has not played for England in 2012.
Neville, meanwhile, who ended his Old Trafford career in 2011, played 85 times for his country - the most ever appearances by an England right-back.
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