Rio Ferdinand, 34, who is defender of Manchester United, has received a comeback call for England as he was included in the squad announced for World Cup qualification matches against Montenegro and San Marino. The last time Ferdinand played or the national side was in June, 2011. He has featured in 81 games for England.
England manager Hodgson has shown interests that Ferdinand will be the one to start the match for the team. The chances of Ferdinand to be a main player have increased after the retirement of John Terry from international football and the side now has a vacuum in its centre defense area. Moreover, Ferdinand has shown great form in the club appearances of late which is also one of the reasons of his inclusion in the team. Hodgson said that he was closely monitoring the performance of Rio and expected his good form will help in winning the two important games for the national team. Hodgson said the continuity of current form may earn Rio a place in the World Cup squad to be held in 2014.
Ferdinand was not part of England’s team for Euro 2012. The reason quoted by some critics of his omission is his differences with former skipper John Terry who was charged with racism remarks to Anton who is brother of Ferdinand. England will play San Marino on 22nd March and later against Montenegro on 26th March.