Posted March 16, 2013 on AP on Fox
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says Rio Ferdinand will join up with the England squad, a day after indicating the defender's call-up could be blocked. Ferdinand was recalled by England on Thursday for the first time in nearly two years for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. However, the 34-year-old center back has long-standing fitness issues and Ferguson said Friday that he ''has to make sure he's going to be OK in terms of the number of games he plays.'' But after United's 1-0 victory over Reading on Saturday, Ferguson confirmed that Ferdinand would join up with the England squad on Monday. Ferdinand helped to set up Wayne Rooney's goal against Reading as United went 15 points clear in the Premier League title race.

United may block Ferdinand's England call-up

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says the club may block Rio Ferdinand's call-up to the England squad because of fears about the defender's fitness. Ferdinand was recalled by his national side Thursday for the first time in nearly two years and is expected to play in World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. However, the 34-year-old center back has...

Ferdinand pulls out of England squad

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...

Ferdinand call shocks Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he was "as surprised as anyone" when Rio Ferdinand was named in the latest England squad. Ferdinand was selected by Roy Hodgson for this month's World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro, the first time he has been called up by the current England boss since he took charge just before Euro 2012. The move caught...

Hodgson has Ferdinand concern

Roy Hodgson admits he is concerned Rio Ferdinand may have a "grievance" against him over his lengthy exile from the England team. Hodgson recalled the Manchester United defender for the away World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro later this month. It is the first time Ferdinand has been named in a squad by Hodgson since he replaced Fabio Capello as England...

Wenger plans squad shake-up

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Roy Hodgson has recalled Rio Ferdinand and warned: "I don't want any tensions in my camp". Chelsea have rocked their tired stars by arranging a trip to America days after the end of the season...

Riches To Rags: Millionaire Footballers Who Lose Everything

Lee Hendrie At the peak of his career, Lee Hendrie was earning more than £30,000 a week playing for Aston Villa in the Premier League. He won an England cap and was considered one of the best young English players of the late 1990s, in the same generation as Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard. But at the age of 35, his days of luxury cars and million-pound houses are...
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