Rio Ferdinand rules out England return

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed he will not be making a return to the England national team.

The 34-year-old has started the current campaign off in fine form but has ruled out representing the Three Lions in the near future.

Ferdinand, speaking to the London Evening Standard, said of his decision to retire from international football.

“I think that that ship has sailed, and everyone’s happy with that and the decision," he added.

“All parties are now moving in different directions.”

When asked if Roy Hodgson could convince him to play in any of the upcoming qualifiers or at next summer's World Cup, Ferdinand replied: “I don’t think I would.”

Ferdinand, who has an impressive 81 caps to his name, decided to retire from international football in May as he thought it was the right time to focus on his Manchester United career.

The former West Ham and Leeds defender last game for England was against Switzerland in June 2011 as he rejected the chance to play for the Three Lions in March due to his pre-planned fitness programme.

Ferdinand however still retains a huge interest for Hodgson's team and has backed them to secure a place in next year's tournament ahead of their qualifying games against Moldova and Ukraine.

“England have a few injuries but I believe they’ll win both games," concluded Ferdinand. 

“It’s the same as ever in that England never make it easy for themselves. They always keep us on the edge, I don’t know why but that’s just the way it is.

"I’ve never been able to put my finger on it but I believe England will still qualify.”

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