Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested that Rio Ferdinand forget the possibility of an England return even if John Terry’s resignation could provide an opening for him.
The 33-year-old has continued to make himself available despite missing out on Euro 2012 and though the Manchester United boss has no doubt in his international abilities he has warned Ferdinand to take care of himself.
"Rio could do the job for England, there's no doubt about that, but I don't see why he should.
"He should concentrate on his career here, that's what I'd prefer. If he looks after himself there is no reason why he can't play on."
‘Has he a long-term future beyond this season? Yes. Giggs and Scholes are still playing.
"If he looks after himself - and he's doing that well now - managing the situation with his back, then there's no reason he can't play on.
"Rio is using his experience now whereas six or seven years ago he had such a great change of pace.
"Now he can't do that. Everyone loses their pace as they get older. Rio's using his experience to compensate for that. He's not taking any chances now.
"He's also very good with young players. He's got a good manner with him in terms of the younger players. He is well respected."