Roy Hodgson insists he has no regrets at having selected Rio Ferdinand in his initial squad for England’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
But, with the defender now working as a television pundit in Qatar for Friday’s game, the national manager will address whether the veteran still has a future at this level after the forthcoming double-header.
Ferdinand, who withdrew from the squad after meeting Hodgson face to face on Sunday, citing the complexities of the “pre-planned and intricate” medical programme he follows to combat a chronic back complaint, has defended his decision to make the 15-hour round trip to the Gulf where he will train at the luxury Aspire Academy before working for al-Jazeera on Friday evening.
When asked if Ferdinand has an international future, Hodgson said: “I think we should wait and see. It’s more a question of whether his injury situation will impact upon him playing for England.
“We will have to wait and see what happens in the future.
“Once again at the moment, it is speculation about the longer term future whereas my thoughts are on these next two games.
“I am happy with the squad I’ve got and the attitude and good feeling that exists amongst the players.”