15 Mar 2013

Ferdinand back in England squad

7:11 am on 15 March 2013

The Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been recalled to the England squad after almost two years for the World Cup qualifying games against San Marino and Montenegro.

England coach Roy Hodgson had previously stated that he wanted to "move on" from Ferdinand's England tenure, but has given the 34-year-old, who last played for his country in June 2011, an opportunity to add to his 81 caps.

Hodgson says he's playing well, his team are doing extremely well and this is the moment to select him because he deserves it on current form.

The West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster also earned a recall, as well as Tottenham Hotspur pair Michael Dawson and Scott Parker.

England tackle San Marino on March 22nd, followed by a trip to Group H leaders Montenegro on March 26nd.