Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro as he manages his fitness.
But the Manchester United defender, who earned his first call-up under manager Roy Hodgson for the double header and was due to join up with the squad on Monday, insisted he wants to continue his international career.
Hodgson, who met Ferdinand in London on Sunday, said: "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."
Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, originally in the Under-21 squad, has been called up as a replacement.
Hodgson added: "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."
The last of Ferdinand's 81 England caps came in a Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Switzerland in June 2011.
The 34-year-old said: "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.
"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."
what do you think?
Will he make his mind up. HMV
I have listened all day to Talksport slagging off Ferdinand. He has a strict training regime and medical treatments that would've been planned in advance of the England squad announcement. He has travelled to London to meet the England manager, Roy Hodgson to explain the situation. The England manager and advisors, have agreed that it is probably too short notice to replicate the treatments in time for the England games as well as guarantee Rio's fitness for the rest of the season. Whilst I agree that the communication on all sides has been a shambles, both parties are happy with the situation. We won't be able to form a definitive opinion either way until the next England squad is announced.
You had plenty to say when he was called up!!!!
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So why you still gobbing off.
What a primadonna Ferdinand is. Hopefully we'll stop having this fatuous story rammed down our throats now and England can progress with building a younger team. Good luck to young Caulker for his future. Good ridddance to Ferdinand.
Good riddance england play on for united they pay you england use you stuff them all>
Damned if you do, damned if you don't
Some of you guys are crazy!!! Ferdinand is past it at international level?? Have you been watching him this season?? Clearly not... He's been solid! The mentality which most united players have.. I know this because my best friend has played for them for two seasons.. is that they drill the thought that united is more important than the national team, which it is!
Ferdinand was past it years ago. He's not International standard. Barely United standard
So you know more than SAF, england managers, football press and most supporters, Past it years ago, come on dream on, If you must comment at least be sensible.
LOL is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's Martin Massey's dummy
Talking about dummies look in the mirror.
any guesses as to which TOP football club this MOST COMMENTED article is linked to
England are second in their group mate. Not top
jowett put ur glasses on mate. last time i checked england werent a football CLUB
Well it's on about England and Rio...not sure where you are going with this?...oh wait...are you going for the "This is because people are jealous of man united"?....suprise suprise
not really. just wondered why anything linked with united or a united player becomes number 1 on the most commented charts. . .just wondered
....Sure you did
The way Ferdinand treated his employers, Manchester United, during the drugs test debacle, he should never have kicked a ball again. I had drugs tests during my career in the military and if you missed it, look out !!! Ferdinand like so many footballers are a waste of human DNA.