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Sat Apr 19 16:44:56 SAST 2014

Rio fears for for England career

TEAMtalk Media | 09 June, 2012 12:270 Comments
Manchester United v Everton - Premier League
Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United looks dejected at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on April 22, 2012 in Manchester, England
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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insists he will not retire from international football but admits he may not get picked for England again.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insists he will not retire from international football but admits he may not get picked for England again.

Ferdinand was left out of Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad due to concerns over his ability to play a number of games over a short space of time - so the official line goes - but the new England man was always going to make a choice between Ferdinand and John Terry, with the Chelsea defender getting the nod.

Terry's alleged racist abuse of Rio's brother Anton was always going to be a sticking point if both players were selected in the squad.

And with Liverpool's Martin Kelly chosen to replace the injured Gary Cahill, Ferdinand began to realise his time for the Three Lions was up.

Ferdinand told The Sun: "You would have to say it might be over with England for me. If I'm not getting picked now, especially when people are out injured, then it's unlikely I will be picked again.

"I always said I wouldn't retire from international football until I stopped playing and I won't. I will still be available.

"Of course I was upset not to be in the squad. That's a perfectly natural reaction.

"I love being involved in football at the very top. I won't discuss what Mr Hodgson has said to me but he knows I wanted to be in the squad.

"I really hoped that I would get 100 caps - but for various reasons it hasn't happened.

"It's a disappointment but it just shows you can never take anything for granted in football.

"If you aren't disappointed by being left at home when your country is playing in tournaments like this then there's a problem and you shouldn't be in professional football.

"I'm in this game to achieve as much as I can. I'm paid to win and be a sore loser. I want to play in the big games and win big trophies. If that's a crime then I'm a criminal."

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