Manchester United’s boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, is glad to see Rio Ferdinand being dropped from the England squad because he believes he is more important to United than to England.
Roy Hodgson had again ignored Rio Ferdinand for the England squad as he was looking for a replacement for John Terry. Terry had taken his retirement a few weeks ago.
Sir Alex Ferguson did not wish to talk about how this was announced by Hodgson during his pre-match press conference before United takes on Newcastle on Saturday. Hodgson had told punters on a London Underground train even before the announcement was made.
However the boss made it obvious that he was very happy as the 33-year old defender would have to suffer from extra work load and might pick up injuries.
Ferguson said: “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.
“Hopefully by doing that he will be far more important to me than England.”
Ferdinand has made 81 appearances for England but he has not played since June 2011.
Hodgson had not picked Rio for the Euro 2012 last summer but he stated that he was “not closing the door” on the player’s international career. He had not considered him for “footballing reasons”.
Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross was instead called for the squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.