World Cup: England & Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand defends Qatar trip

Rio Ferdinand: The Manchester United defender has explained his trip to Qatar

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Rio Ferdinand has defended his trip to Qatar despite a back problem which requires delicate fitness management ruling him out of England duty.

The defender had previously withdrawn from his country's squad for the World Cup qualifying double-header against San Marino and Montenegro after a surprise recall.

Ferdinand has confirmed he has made the trip to Doha, where he will cover England as a television pundit and is set to arrive at the Aspire sports Academy.

"Flown out for some pre-planned downtime...with a bit of punditry thrown in for a game I would have watched anyway. No different from what I done on the last 10-day international break...thank you guys. (sic)"

Rio Ferdinand

The Manchester United star on Thursday morning tweeted: "Gonna check into Aspire, state of the art facilities. Nice!"

Ferdinand later wrote: "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!"

Rio snub needs addressing

England boss Roy Hodgson had performed a U-turn in selecting the former West Ham United and Leeds United player for the qualifiers.

Hodgson had previously decided against the 34-year-old and he was not involved in Euro 2012 amid speculation over the racism row with John Terry, Ashley Cole and his brother - Anton.

Hodgson then named Ferdinand in his squad for San Marino and Montenegro only to see him withdraw due to his detailed pre-planned training and medical programme.

Will Rio Ferdinand play for England again?

  • Yes
  • No

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