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Rio Ferdinand to be handed an England lifeline?

Ferdinand could be set for England selection again (©GettyImages)
Ferdinand could be set for England selection again (©GettyImages).

Rio Ferdinand is set to receive another chance to play for England ahead of a meeting with manager Roy Hodgson.

According to The Daily Mirror, Hodgson is determined to continue selecting his squad based on club form and will not use Ferdinand's injury concern as a reason to leave him out.

The veteran defender caused controversy when he pulled out of World Cup qualifying fixtures against San Marino and Montenegro in March, favouring a ten-day rehabilitation trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Ferdinand is said to have a strict medical programme, including a series of jabs to nurse a chronic back problem, but he stirred anger amongst England fans after appearing as a TV pundit for the San Marino match.

Hodgson was also condemned for failing to give the centre-half enough notice before recalling him to the squad, with Manchester United medics insisting he would need around six weeks' warning in future.

England players are next due to assemble for friendlies against Ireland on May 29th and Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, four days later, meaning that Hodgson will have to contact Ferdinand in the coming week.

The 34-year-old has not represented his country since a European Championships qualifier against Switzerland in June 2011 and he was omitted in favour of John Terry for the tournament itself a year later.

Hodgson claimed he overlooked the defender merely for "footballing reasons", despite the Chelsea captain's fall-out with Ferdinand's brother, Anton, and continued to do so until attempting a recall last month.

Ferdinand could yet play a significant role for England, with fellow defenders Michael Dawson, Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill also struggling to overcome injury.

 

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