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The Manchester United defender says he pulled out of the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and San Marino because of his "intricate pre-planned programme"

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro due to his "intricate pre-planned programme", but has he made the right choice?

The 34-year-old was snubbed for the Euro 2012 squad by manager Roy Hodgson because of "footballing reasons", but the England coach said he was impressed by the defender's recent form in United's charge for a record 20th league title.

Despite indications from Sir Alex Ferguson that Ferdinand would join up with the England team, the defender backed out, stating that it is "disappointing" that he would not be available for selection, but reiterating that he remains available for future squads.

Some see the decision as an affront to the national team following his snub for the European Championship, perhaps in a bid to earn a new contract at Manchester United, with his current deal running out this summer.

However, the decision to pull out of the squad puts his future participation in doubt, and whether he could really represent England at the World Cup in Brazil if he cannot alter his regime for two qualifiers in Europe.

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