Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson does not expect Rio Ferdinand to be recalled to the England squad, following news of John Terry's international retirement.
Ferdinand was controversially left out of Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for the summer's European Championships for “footballing reasons”, and has not played for his country since the summer of 2011.
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However, following Terry’s decision to withdraw from selection Sir Alex does not expect Hodgson to go back on the decision ahead of the remaining World Cup qualifiers.
"I wouldn't think he will get called up," Sir Alex told reporters.
"Roy Hodgson made his decision before the European Championship and I can't see him changing that.
"It would be difficult for him now to go back to Rio Ferdinand and welcome him back."
Sir Alex also confirmed that Ferdinand's central-defensive partner Nemanja Vidic will be out for two months following knee surgery.
Midfielder Antonio Valencia is a doubt for Saturday's game with Tottenham, after picking up a knock in United's 2-1 win at Liverpool.