England boss Roy Hodgson ready to welcome Rio Ferdinand with open arms
England manager Roy Hodgson claims he will welcome Rio Ferdinand with open arms if decides to resume his international career. The Manchester United defender withdrew from the England squad just before the World Cup qualifying match San Marino and Montenegro.
Rio Ferdinand, who hasn’t played under Roy Hodgson yet, opted out of the England team after advice from his medical team. According to Roy Hodgson, the center back prefers to stick to his personal fitness program for now, but could play for the England national team in the future.
Roy Hodgson ruled out Rio Ferdinand from the Euro 2012 squad, but is set to bring him back for the 2014 World Cup. With Rio Ferdinand out of the squad and John Terry and Gary Cahill recovering from injuries, England will be without a center back against San Marino and Montenegro on 24 March.
“I think we should just wait and see, I think it's more a question of how his injury situation will impact upon him playing for England, so we'll have to wait and see what happens in the future,” Roy Hodgson said in reference to Rio Ferdinand.
“At the moment it's speculation about a longer-term future whereas my focus is on these next two games, which are important for us in our bid to qualify. I am happy with the squad we've got. We'll see what happens in the future but what happens during this period of time when he is looking after himself, it is up to us to make sure that we look after ourselves.”
Roy claims he has no regrets on putting Rio Ferdinand’s name on the England squad and will be happy to see him play for the Three Lions once again.
“No. I don't,” Roy Hodgson declared. “When I chose that squad I gave a lot of thought to who deserved to be in and who could help us win the two games. Rio was one of them. I was disappointed when he couldn't accept the invitation. It was a pity it couldn't come about. But we move on with this squad of players.”