Rio Ferdinand has defended his decision to fly to Qatar to be a TV pundit for England’s match against San Marino despite having to withdraw from the squad through injury.
The Manchester United defender has flown to Doha, which is a 15-hour round trip, to work as a pundit for Al Jazeera as they present live coverage of the game, according to the Daily Mail.
The 34-year-old - who suffers from a chronic back problem - announced his decision to withdraw from the squad on Monday due to his “intricate pre-planned programme”.
Ferdinand was quick to defend his decision on Twitter:
1) Flown out for some pre-planned downtime...with a bit of punditry thrown in for a game I would have watched anyway...
2) No different from what I done on the last 10day international break...thank you guys.
Haters are gonna hate...also assume everything...although it must be the gospel truth based on assumptions!