Gary Cahill's mistake during Wednesday's 2-1 friendly win over Brazil at Wembley drew yet more inquiries about Ferdinand's international future in a week when the 34-year-old has declared his willingness to answer any call to international arms.
It seems Ferdinand need not hold his breath. For Hodgson has no intention of going back on his decision to "move on" from the Manchester United centre-back, as he famously told passengers on the Tube last year. "It seems to me all I ever do is answer questions about Rio," Hodgson said.
"I am not prepared, every time we play a game, to keep revisiting something which I have revisited at every single press conference for the last 10 months.
"I don't know how many more times I have to say it. You can write what you want to write.
"We have beaten Brazil. I am not prepared to constantly talk about people who aren't here and weren't selected in the first place."
When the glowing manner in which he spoke of Frank Lampard, five months Ferdinand's senior, was pointed out as the reason behind repeated questioning over the former Leeds captain, Hodgson merely shrugged: "Possibly. But you have my answer."
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