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End of the England road for Rio

OVER: Rio Ferdinand will now concentrate on Manchester United

RIO FERDINAND has conceded it is unlikely he will ever play for England again, although that won't be by choice.

The Manchester United defender was left out of the Euro 2012 squad that went to Poland and Ukraine for Euro 2012 this summer.

Although national manager, Roy Hodgson, hasn’t ruled out picking the Londoner again, Ferdinand clearly feels his chances of being selected are particularly slim.

During United’s pre-season tour in China, he revealed: “I said that if I wasn’t playing in the summer, I didn’t see myself playing in the future. But I would never retire from international football.

“I’ll always be available, but my main focus is playing for Manchester United. I won’t be miffed if I’m not in the England squad, because I don’t see myself being part of it any more. It's gone."

While clearly disappointed, the 33-year-old refrained from commenting too much on the Three Lions performance at the tournament, where they were knocked out by Italy in the quarter-finals.

“The Euros are finished, England played the way they did and the tournament has finished. In the summers in the past I always played with England, so this is a new situation for me.

“Hopefully this will be a situation where I’m refreshed, have no injuries or wear and tear and am able to start the season fresh.”

He continued: “In terms of my United career, hopefully it will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.”

The player, who won 81 caps for England also admitted he would have jumped at the chance to be in the Olympic squad. Recalling a conversation he had with teammate Tom Cleverley, he told the midfielder it was ‘a once in a lifetime opportunity’.

Ferdinand said: “Anyone would love to be involved. You’d be stupid to say ‘No’ to the chance. The manager didn’t pick me, but I was available.

“I won’t cry over spilt milk.”

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