England manager Roy Hodgson is set to rule out any Indian summer to Rio Ferdinand's international career.
Ferdinand was convinced his omission from Euro 2012 was a direct result of Hodgson's decision to select John Terry and a belief it would be too toxic to choose both veteran centre-halves.
With Terry now retired from England duty, in theory the way is clear for a Ferdinand recall.
But when Hodgson unveils his squad on Thursday lunchtime for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, the Manchester United player is not expected to be included.
With Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka - who hardly covered themselves in glory as a pairing against Ukraine last month when Terry missed out through injury - and Gary Cahill virtually certain to be involved, the question of who will be Hodgson's fourth central defender is tricky.
One progressive option would be Tottenham's Steven Caulker – however he has been called up to Stuart Pearce's Under-21 squad for the European Championship play-off against Serbia.