Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is glad Rio Ferdinand was snubbed by Roy Hodgson for the last few England squads.

Hodgson was embroiled in another media fiasco this week when he was reported to have told enquiring tube passengers that Ferdinand would not be in the Three Lions squad for their latest World Cup qualifiers and also that the 33-year-old is unlikely to feature again for the national side.

Hodgson has since apologised for this, though denied saying Ferdinand’s international career was over, but the defender’s Manchester United manager admitted he was happy with the situation, as it would ultimately benefit the Old Trafford side.

Ferguson would not be drawn on the London Underground story, but did admit the outcome of it was to his satisfaction.

“I am not going into that but I am happy anyway because I think at his age he should be protecting himself as best he can,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

The latest squad, for a Wembley clash with minnows San Marino and away at Poland, may have been a further blow to Ferdinand, as it even includes Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, despite Chelsea captain John Terry retiring from international football last week.

Ferdinand has played for England 81 times and made his debut against Cameroon in 1997 at 19 years of age.

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