Rio Ferdinand refuses to retire from international football

After being overlooked for England's Euro 2012 squad, the 81-cap defender admits that his main focus is Manchester United, but will remain available for his country if needed

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insists that he will never make himself unavailable for England.

The former Leeds United defender, who has 81 caps to his name, failed to make the Three Lions' Euro 2012 squad and admits, however, that his attention will be focused on his club duties.

Ferdinand told The Sun: "I said that if I was not playing in the summer, I did not see myself playing in the future.

"But I would never retire from international football. I will always be available but my main focus is playing for Manchester United.

"I won’t be miffed if I'm not in the England squad because I don’t see myself being part of it any more. It’s gone, this is a new season, that has happened.

"The Euros is finished, England played the way they did and the tournament has finished."

The centre-back also claims that he would have been happy to represent Team GB at the London Olympics. Although Ferdinand was included in preliminary squads, the former England captain was not chosen as one of the three permitted over-age players.

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When asked if he would have accepted the role, he replied: "Of course I would. Definitely, 100 per cent.

"It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I said that to Tom Cleverley when he was named in the squad. Anyone would love to be involved and you would be stupid to say no to the chance."

After struggling with injuries over the past few seasons, Ferdinand is hopeful that a rest over the summer will boost his fitness ahead of the new season.

"In past summers I always played with England so this is new for me," he continued."Hopefully I am refreshed and have no injuries or wear and tear. In terms of my United career it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise."