Man Utd star Ferdinand turns down England job due to “medical programme”
Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has been forced to remove his name from the England squad. Rio Ferdinand, who hasn’t played under England manager Roy Hodgson, received a long due call-up from the England squad last week.
The legendary English defender has been sidelined from duty of the country because increasing age and lack of first-team exposure. However, since being re-introduced as a first-team player at Manchester United and showing exceptional form for the club, Roy Hodgson decided to give the 34-year-old center-back a call-up.
Rio Ferdinand, who hasn’t played for England since June 2011, was surprised to receive a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
Rio Ferdinand claims he is honored to get a step closer to playing the World Cup once more, but for now he has to decline the offer of playing for England. According to Roy Hodgson has respectfully declined the offer to for England because of a “detailed pre-planned training and medical programme he must follow”.
Widespread rumors suggest Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had a lot to do with Rio Ferdinand’s snub to the England job. The Old Trafford boss declared Rio Ferdinand would “need to speak to our doctor” before resume playing for the England team. This statement came after Rio Ferdinand excitedly confirmed his return to the England squad.
“I'm disappointed Rio will not be available, but due to the detailed pre-planned training and medical programme he must follow it's not possible,” Rio Ferdinand said. “I was pleased that Rio called and asked to meet with me. It was important to hear from him personally about the way he must manage his body between games.
“This is not to say he cannot play back-to-back games - he can and has proven so. He's out this time due to particular pre-planned details already in place for his programme. I must place on record how I was impressed with his commitment to playing for England and I look forward to hopefully selecting him for squads in the future.”
In spite of all the pessimism, Rio Ferdinand remains enthusiastic about playing for England in the future.
“It was important for me to be able to speak with Roy face to face and explain the situation, and one thing I made clear was that my passion and commitment to represent my country is as strong as ever,” Rio Ferdinand said. “It is disappointing that I won't be able to play a part in the upcoming games but I told Roy that I want to continue to be available for England and I look forward to working with him in the future.”
For now, Rio Ferdinand has been replaced by Tottenham Hotspur’s young defender Steven Caulker.