World Cup 2014 — 24 March 2013

Ferdinand is back for the England national soccer team

The England coach Roy Hodsgon, included in his squad the defender Rio Ferdinand for the upcoming matches, who was not part of the English team for almost two years.

The Manchester United player, 34 years old, will slip into the gear for the Three Lions to play in two qualifying games for the 2014 Brazil World Cup; the first match against San Marino, and the other one against Montenegro (March 26).

Ferdinand, who made his international debut in 1997 against Cameroon, and has been called 81 times to the national team, played his last encounter with the English team in June 2011, a draw against Switzerland.

The United defender was not called for Euro played in Poland and Ukraine in 2012.

“He’s playing well, his team is doing extremely well, and this is the right time to call him. He deserves it due to his good shape”, Hodgson said in press conference.

This will be the first time under the command of the ex-coach of Liverpool, who has filed a squad in which the other relevant novelty is the absence of the known  Arsenal´s midfielder Jack Wilshere, with an ankle injury.

Wilshere, 21 years old, dazzled England last February 6th in the win at Wembley in a friendly against Brazil (2-1), but you won´t be able to join his team-mates this time.

Other young people who have lately played in an excelled way are Theo Walcott from Arsenal,Tom Cleverley and Daniel Welbeck, of the United, these mention player will be again at the team of the Three Lions.

Alongside them, established stars such as the striker of the “Red Devils” Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard through Liverpool and Chelsea´s defender Ashley Cole will also be available to San Marino and Montenegro.


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