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Hodgson rules out Rio recall

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Roy Hodgson has said there is no chance of Rio Ferdinand earning a recall to the national side whilst he remains in charge.

Ferdinand served for England for the best part of a decade, striking up a formidable partnership with John Terry at the heart of the Three Lions' defence.

The defensive duo remained the backbone of the England side for years, but since the well-documented dispute between Terry and Rio's brother Anton, Hodgson was forced to look elsewhere for a central defensive partnership.

Former England captain Terry retired from international football in September 2012, whilst Ferdinand has been out of favour since the former Fulham and Liverpool manager took charge.

And when Hodgson was questioned again following England's 2-1 win over Brazil this week whether Ferdinand had any chance or earning himself a recall to the national side, he issued a brief response.

"We've moved on," he said. "It seems to me all I ever do is answer questions about Rio.

"I am not prepared, every time we play a game, to keep revisiting something which I have revisited at every single press conference for the last 10 months.

"For years and years England had a centre-back pairing everyone was really satisfied with, two very good players.

"For various reasons we've moved on from that. I'm pleased with the two (Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill). They did well against a top side (Brazil). Before that Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott have done a good job for us as well.

"I'm not going to talk about Rio. I'm not going to talk about people who aren't here when we've just beaten Brazil."

England seemingly have one eye on the future with regards to their defensive pairings, a point further emphasised by Hodgson's team selection against Brazil on Wednesday evening. 

If that is the case, then it seems unlikely that Ferdinand will be adding to his 81 international caps any time soon, if at all.

 

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