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Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro as he manages his fitness, Roy Hodgson has announced.
But the Manchester United defender, who earned his first call-up under manager 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.
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