Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright believes that Rio Ferdinand's international career is over as he criticised the debacle surrounding the Manchester United centre-back's recent withdrawal from the Three Lions squad.
The defender was called up to the England team for the double-header against San Marino and Montenegro, but withdrew from the squad days later, because it would interfere with his personal training regime.
Despite Ferdinand stating that he is willing to feature for his country in the future, Wright believes that he will never play for the national team again.
"I'd have thought [that Ferdinand won't play for England again]. Yes, I’d have thought that this will be it and it'll be better if he just said, 'I'm going to retire because of the constraints I've got to have in respect of my fitness and what my body can take,'" Wright said on his Absolute Radio Rock'N'Roll Football show.
"It's just a mess, the whole situation's a mess for whatever reason Rio [and] they've come out with his training schedule, which for me is another slight for the England camp.
"They've got to know, Gary Neville's his ex team-mate, strong links with Manchester United, surely they know Rio's got some form of training scheduled and that he has to stick to and they should've asked and found out all that stuff before."
Wright also suggested that Ferdinand would feature were it a game for United, and stated his belief that England require their best players if they are to qualify, declaring that the whole thing "stinks".
"Now we've got a situation where he’s pulled out, all fingers are going to be pointed at Rio," he continued. "If Manchester United had a midweek game in Montenegro for the Champions League right now would Rio play after playing in the recent games? He most probably would play.
"It smells, the whole thing stinks really, because at the end of the day England are going to miss out, because we need to qualify, we need the best players."