1. ITV Report

Rio will join England squad

Rio Ferdinand. Photo: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that defender Rio Ferdinand will join up with the England squad on Monday.

The 34-year-old earned his first England call-up under manager Roy Hodgson for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro later this month.

There were reports that Ferdinand could yet turn down the chance to represent his country again, either in response to being left out by Hodgson until now or in order to prolong his club career.

However, Ferguson - asked if the defender would be joining up with England on Monday - told ESPN: "Yes."

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