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A Rio return is unlikely

WILDERNESS: Rio Ferdinand wearing the captain's armband for Manchester United

AFTER THE shock of former captain John Terry retiring from international duty; there has been much talk of Rio Ferdinand’s chances of returning to the England fold.

The Manchester United player was left out of the squad that travelled to the Euros, with boss Roy Hodgson putting it down to 'football reasons'.

Many feel he was left out because of the alleged racism incident involving Terry and his younger brother Anton that occurred last October.

With the court case and the FA investigation still looming at that point [June 2012], many thought Rio would refuse to play alongside Terry.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "I wouldn't think he will get called up. Roy Hodgson made his decision before the European Championship and I can't see him changing that."

He continued: "It would be difficult for him now to go back to Rio Ferdinand and welcome him back."

The Red Devils defender hasn’t play for his country since the summer of 2011, and was troubled by injuries in the early part of last season.

The 33-year-old has 81 caps for England.

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