Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has earned his first England call-up under manager Roy Hodgson for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro later this month.
Hodgson cited "footballing reasons" for Ferdinand's exclusion in his squad for the Euro 2012 finals and he has remained out of his plans ever since.
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Staying wintry. Sleet & snow showers dying out Friday. Continued risk of ice. Cold north wind by the weekend but dry with sunshine for many
The Met Office "Be Aware' for snow on Thursday has now been extended until Friday morning, and includes the risk of icy stretches
A number of schools have closed across the North West due to the poor weather. Get the details here.