Rio Ferdinand has told England manager Roy Hodgson that he is still making himself available for selection despite being snubbed for Euro 2012.
The veteran 33-year-old Manchester United central defender is well aware that Hodgson is unlikely to call on him in the near future after he opted to select Chelsea skipper John Terry ahead of him for the summer's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
However, as the Three Lions now look forward to their World Cup qualification campaign, Ferdinand has spoken out to confirm that he will not retire from international football and will play if selected by Hodgson.
England can be backed at 1.36 to win Group H and qualify for Brazil 2014, ahead of Ukraine, Montenegro, Moldova, Poland and San Marino. They are 1.14 to qualify.
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"I said that if I was not playing in the summer, I did not see myself playing in the future," he told The Sun.
"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 anymore.
"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."
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