England boss preparing for talks with Manchester United boss.
Roy Hodgson has confirmed he has arranged for sit down talks with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson according to The Express.
The pair are set to meet to discuss the international future of centre-back Rio Ferdinand.
The 34 year old found himself embroiled in controversy over the last week after pulling out of the England squad for the World Cup qualification games against San Marino and Montenegro.
The defender was not injured but pulled out of the side after citing concerns over his ability to follow his current training regime.
That left England short at the back following injuries to Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Tottenham’s Michael Dawson, forcing Hodgson to start Joleon Lescott and Chris Smalling.
Lescott has barely feature for Manchester City this season while Smalling remains inexperienced at international level.
Ferdinand further incurred the wrath of England fans after flying to Qatar to work as a TV pundit for England’s 8-0 victory over San Marino.
He is unlikely to be welcomed back into the fold by England fans as he was the target of prolonged unsavoury chanting during the San Marino tie.
Hodgson is keen to discover the true nature of Ferdinand’s fitness problems in order to avoid a repeat of the incident as England look to book their place in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.