England Boss Roy Hodgson Provides Manchester United with Rio Ferdinand Assurances

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Hodgson insists the player will be looked after.

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Roy Hodgson has assured Manchester United that he will not take any risks with Rio Ferdinand’s fitness according to The Sun.

The 34-year old defender received his first call to the international fold since appearing in the 2-2 draw with Switzerland in 2011.

The player’s international career appeared to have come to an end but Ferdinand has been offered the opportunity to add to his 81 caps for the national side after putting in some assured performances for the Premier League leaders.

But United boss Sir Alex Ferguson cast doubt on whether Ferdinand would join up with the England squad.

Ferdinand currently works to a strict fitness regime as his club look to maximise the player’s availability as he enters the twilight of his career.

But Ferdinand will now join up with his England team-mates after Hodgson assured United he will not overly exert the veteran centre-back.

England are set to play San Marino and Montenegro as they look to book their place in Brazil for the World Cup next year.

It appears Hodgson has compromised with United, and will appear only in the second more important game against Montenegro.

The England boss will be keen to maintain good relations with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as the Scottish manager is known to have persuaded a number of the club’s stars to retire from international football in the hope of extending their club careers.

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