Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 3/22/13
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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has stood by his decision to fly to Qatar after pulling out of the England squad. The 34-year-old was called up by Roy Hodgson for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. However, he turned down the chance to add to his 81 caps due to his detailed pre-planned training and medical programme for his long-standing back injury. Ferdinand was then criticised in some quarters after it emerged he was flying to Doha on a 15-hour round trip to appear as a pundit for Al Jazeera Sport television for the San Marino match. But he said: "I met the boss in London and we spoke about my regime and (I'm doing) what I've done at the last few international breaks - the same. "I was pencilled in to have certain treatments, had them and then I've come away to have some rest time and to recuperate and get myself ready. "I think obviously the situation with myself and the national team is well documented. "But this isn't something that I'm...
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