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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson happy Rio Ferdinand is not in England squad

Sir Alex Ferguson is happy Rio Ferdinand will be devoting his energy to Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is glad Rio Ferdinand has not been recalled to the England squad.

Roy Hodgson has overlooked the United veteran despite the recent international retirement of John Terry.

The England boss even suggested to members of the general public on a London Underground train that the 33-year-old defender's international career is over.

Although Ferguson was unwilling to be dragged into that particular debate he is pleased that his player will now be focusing on life at Old Trafford rather than with the Three Lions.

"I am happy anyway because I think at his age he should be protecting himself as best he can."

Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson said: "I am not going into that but I am happy anyway because I think at his age he should be protecting himself as best he can.

"Hopefully by doing that he will be far more important to me than England."

Ferdinand has won 81 caps for England but has not represented his country since June 2011 and Stoke's Ryan Shawcross was included ahead of him in the squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.