Rio Ferdinand pulls out of the England squad

Rio Ferdinand Credit: Press Association

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro due to "the detailed pre-planned training and medical programme he must follow", England manager Roy Hodgson said today.

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Ferdinand's England call-up

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of his first England call-up under manager Roy Hodgson for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro.