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England defender Rio Ferdinand has retired from international soccer to focus on his Manchester United career.
The 34-year-old Ferdinand was recalled to the England team in March by coach Roy Hodgson after almost two years out of the fold. But Ferdinand withdrew from the squad citing fitness concerns, and instead flew to the Middle East to commentate on World Cup qualifying.
Ferdinand, who made 81 appearances for England, believes he was overlooked for a place in the national team for the European Championship amid the fallout from a case in which his brother was racially abused by Chelsea defender John Terry.
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It was the first time he had found the net in over five years yet it was accompanied...
England defender Rio Ferdinand has retired from international football to focus on his Manchester United career.
Ferdinand was recalled to the England squad in March by Roy Hodgson after almost two years out of the national set up.
But Ferdinand provoked the fury of fans by withdrawing from the squad citing fitness concerns only to fly to the Middle East to commentate on the World...
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has announced his international retirement after winning 81 caps for England.
Ferdinand confirmed his decision on Wednesday morning, the day before Roy Hodgson is due to name his England squad for the friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
It was thought Ferdinand had a chance of being involved despite the furore that accompanied...
Rio Ferdinand insists everybody at Manchester United must prove themselves to David Moyes - no matter who they are.
Ferdinand retired from international football on Wednesday to focus on his United career, but he knows that with Sir Alex Ferguson's 26-year reign ending after Sunday's game at West Brom, nothing is guaranteed.
Indeed, the 34-year-old centre-half, who has...
England manager Roy Hodgson respects and understands Rio Ferdinand's decision to slip into international retirement.
The Manchester United defender announced on Wednesday that he no longer wishes to be considered by his country, after earning 81 caps.
He feels that, at the age of 34, the time is right to step aside and let the next generation of talent cement their standing...
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