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The 34-year-old claimed a detailed pre-planned programme prevented an international recall, but insists the snub has not hampered future call-ups

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed Roy Hodgson will still consider him for England despite withdrawing from the squad on Monday.

The 34-year-old cited a need to follow a detailed pre-planned training programme as his reason to pull out of Hodgson's squad for England's fixtures against San Marino and Montenegro.

Hodgson expressed his "disappointment" at Ferdinand’s snub, but the defender insists it will not count against him for future England matches.

"The manager has made it clear he will consider me for other England squads," Ferdinand told Al Jazeera Sport.

"I spoke to the manager and I think it's down to him. I met the boss in London and we spoke about my regime and what I’ve done at the last few international breaks.

"This is the same. I’ve been pencilled in to have certain treatments, had them then I’ve come away to have some rest time and to recuperate and get myself ready.

"I think obviously the situation with myself and the national team is well documented. But this isn’t something that I’m doing differently. This is something I’ve done in past international get-togethers when I’ve not been involved. 

"I’ve had a course of treatment that I’ve had to have and then to go and rest and get ready and recuperate and that’s what I’ve continued to do. 

"But this is the way the media is. You’re going to have people say things and assume a lot of things when they don’t really know too much of the detail behind what’s going on. I’ll continue to do what I’m doing. I know what I’m doing is the right thing."

Ferdinand was working as a pundit for Al Jazeera Sport for England's 8-0 victory over San Marino but the Manchester United centre-back was on the receiving end of abuse from a section of fans on Friday evening.

Hodgson, meanwhile, was coy on the subject of another call-up for Ferdinand, expressing concern over the defender’s injury problems and what effect international exposure could have on him.

"I think we should wait and see,” the England boss told ITV. “It's more a question of whether his injury situation will impact upon him playing for England. We will have to wait and see what happens in the future."

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