World Cup - Fergie: Ferdinand will join up with England

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand will accept his recall to the England squad.

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The 34-year-old centre back was recalled on Thursday after a nearly two-year absence from the international squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

England manager Roy Hodgson has said he would understand if Ferdinand felt a "grievance" towards him, having been overlooked for so long.

However, after successfully coming through the Premier League victory over Reading, Ferguson said that Ferdinand would now link up with England.

Ferdinand, who made his debut for England 16 years ago and won the last of his 81 international caps in a friendly against Switzerland in June 2011, was snubbed for the Euro 2012 finals in what Hodgson described then as a "footballing decision".

Critics suggested the reason Ferdinand was omitted from the Euro 2012 squad was because of tensions with former England skipper John Terry, who was involved in a racism row with Ferdinand's brother Anton.

Terry's subsequent international retirement however has left England short of pedigree in the central defensive areas.

Hodgson said he had decided to bring back Ferdinand following a series of outstanding performances for United who are closing in on their 20th Premier League title.

Asked whether Ferdinand could have a grudge against him for not being picked until now, Hodgson told British newspapers: "I suppose it is a concern, yes.

"But I can't do more than I am now, giving him the chance to come back, asking him to come back, making it clear I would like to use him. I can't do more than that.

"If he has a grievance and does hold it against me that I haven't selected him previously, then there is not much I can do about that."

England are second in qualifying Group H with six matches to play and face minnows San Marino next Friday before they take on pacesetters Montenegro on March 26.

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