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Ghost goal in Spain – hits crossbar and bounces out

Not even close! Spanish ghost goal joins growing list of controversial strikes

The Reebok Stadium hosted a key relegation battle between Bolton and Rangers, and the visitors should have gone ahead but the officials ruled Hill's header had not crossed the line before being clawed out by Adam Bogdan. Replays showed the decision to be clearly wrong and Bolton won the game 2-1.

Juan Mata, Chelsea v Tottenham, 2012

Martin Atkinson awarded Chelsea a goal that put them into a 2-0 lead in this year's FA Cup semi-final despite Benoit Assou-Ekotto appearing to block the ball on the line. The Blues went on to win 5-1 at Wembley.

Marko Devic, Ukraine v England, 2012

England were on the right side of a decision at the European Championships when Marko Devic's shot appeared to have crossed the line before John Terry hooked it out, but it was not given and England won the game 1-0 to top their group.

Sven-Goran Eriksson loses out to Mykhailo Fomenko for Ukraine job

Eriksson misses out on squaring up to England after Ukraine turn to Fomenko for top job

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UPDATED:

15:31 GMT, 26 December 2012

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been overlooked for the Ukraine national team job after losing out in a unanimous vote.

The country's football federation instead opted for Mykhailo Fomenko, an experienced 64-year-old former Dynamo Kiev defender and manager of several Ukrainian sides, as the successor to Oleg Blokhin who resigned in late September.

Out of work: Eriksson is available for a return to management

Out of work: Eriksson is available for a return to management

Before Fomenko's appointment at a
meeting today – at which Eriksson was not present having previously
discussed terms regarding a potential contract – new QPR manager Harry
Redknapp had also been under consideration.

It means Eriksson has been denied a reunion with England, who are in the same qualifying group in the race for the 2014 World Cup.

Amir Khan: I don"t want sad end like Ricky Hatton

I do not want a sad end like Ricky! Khan vows to quit in three years, aged only 29

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23:19 GMT, 19 December 2012

Amir Khan is mapping out a six-fight finish to his career, determined he will not emulate Ricky Hatton's 'sad' exit from the ring.

Khan bounced back from two straight defeats with a comprehensive stoppage of the previously unbeaten Carlos Molina in Los Angeles at the weekend, putting himself on course for a rematch with Danny Garcia and then, hopefully, Floyd Mayweather Jnr in 2014.

But after seeing Hatton's comeback after a three-year absence end with a crushing stoppage defeat to Ukraine's Vyacheslav Senchenko last month, the 26-year-old Bolton fighter wants to make sure he has fulfilled all his ambitions in the sport before quitting for good.

Battle plan: Khan is hopeful of a rematch with Danny Garcia next year, but is determined not to end up like Hatton (below)

Battle plan: Khan is hopeful of a rematch with Garcia, but is determined not to end up like Hatton (below)

Ricky Hatton

'It was very sad,' said Khan. 'People asked me what I thought about him coming back and I said he shouldn't. He wanted to prove a point. He's a trier but at least now it will never be in the back of his mind.'

Khan added: 'I never want to be in that position where you retire and then come back after three years.

'When I retire it will be because I want to retire and I don't want to achieve anything more from boxing. 'It's important to leave the sport as you walked into it – being healthy and being a champion.

Handy: Khan triumphed over Molina on Saturday after two back-to-back defeats

Handy: Khan triumphed over Molina on Saturday after two consecutive defeats

'I know a lot of fighters when they retire want to go back in because they have unfinished business. I don't want to go that way. If I have unfinished business, I wouldn't retire.

'I will know myself when to call it a day. I will let my body make the decision. And when the time is right to retire, I will.'

Khan believes that will be in three years' time. He wants another go at Garcia, who took his WBA light-welterweight title in July, towards the end of next year and then plans to step up to face Mayweather Jnr in 2014.

Amir Khan

Carlos Molina

Bloody mess: The bout was stopped after the tenth round after Molina sustained a nasty cut above his left eye

'At 28 or 29 I will call it a day,' he added. 'I'm 26 years old now and I think in three years I can have six fights – and they can be six big fights. But I'm in no rush. Mayweather wants to fight for a couple more years.'

Khan added: 'In my career, I think we will definitely have a Mayweather fight. 'I want to fight in April but that won't be against Garcia because he is fighting in February against Zab Judah.

'I'm getting married in May, then I have a break because of Ramadan so I will fight at the end of the year. 'Two fights next year, and one of them will be Danny Garcia.'

Ambition: Khan is looking to the future in his role as co-owner and co-promoter of Golden Boy UK

Ambition: Khan is looking to the future in his role as co-owner and co-promoter of Golden Boy UK

The end of Khan's career could have arrived a lot sooner had he not dispatched Molina in impressive fashion, forcing the outclassed American to quit on his stool at the end of the 10th round.

It was viewed as a make-or-break fight for Khan after those defeats to Lamont Peterson and Garcia, and a third successive loss would have permanently damaged his reputation – with Khan unsure that he could have accepted the consequences.

'It would have made me an undercard fighter,' he added. 'I would not have packed it in, but it would have been very hard for me to come back.

'Confidence-wise, not being top of the bill, the main attraction, would be hard, especially because from day one coming from the amateurs I went to being the top of the bill. It would have been totally different, that's what I meant.

Centre of attention: Khan speaks to the assembled media on Wednesday

Centre of attention: Khan speaks to the assembled media on Wednesday

'I have been in the position where it was nearly over. That has motivated me and makes me train harder. I never want to be in that position again.'

Khan is already looking to the future in his role as co-owner and co-promoter of Golden Boy UK with Oscar de la Hoya, an offshoot of his American promoters.

His first aim is to recruit some of Great Britain's boxing medallists from London 2012, including Luke Campbell, Anthony Joshua, Fred Evans and Anthony Agogo – and he has not ruled out trying to sign up Nicola Adams, the winner of the first women's Olympic boxing gold medal, as well.

'Definitely,' he said. 'I think it would be a great idea to get a girl to turn pro because we've never had a professional like that with Olympic pedigree. It's something for the future.

'But I want to keep it exclusive. I want the Olympians. 'Maybe the heavyweight and some of the lighter weights – the middleweight, the welterweight. 'My brother Haroon is going to be part of it. You don't want too many fighters. You want the right fighters and the ones that will be good for us. I won't rush into it and sign everyone, I will just pick the best.'

Fernando Torres scores and doesn"t celebrate

Cheer up, Fernando! Torres scores and doesn't celebrate (has he forgotten how to do that too)

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22:29 GMT, 5 December 2012

Fernando Torres has struggled for goals of late. But on tonight's evidence, it appears he's forgotten how to celebrate too!

The Spaniard led the line for Chelsea as they dismantled a poor Nordsjaelland outfit at Stamford Bridge, recording Rafael Benitez's first win in the process.

Torres netted himself a brace – his first goals under new manager Benitez – but didn't seem overjoyed at breaking his month-long duck.

Cheer up: Fernando Torres looked glum after scoring Chelsea's second goal

Cheer up: Fernando Torres looked glum after scoring Chelsea's second goal

Serious: Torres scored his first goal in a month

Serious: Torres scored his first goal in a month

Serious: Torres scored his first goal in a month

The former Liverpool striker scored for the first time in more than 12 hours of football after bumbling his way past goalkeeper Jesper Hansen before lifting the ball into the net and doubling Chelsea's lead.

Instead of roaring with excitement after scoring for the first time in a month, the 28-year-old simply jogged back into his own half after a couple of customary high-fives.

Torres may have been keeping in mind the fact that, no matter how big a win they managed over Nordsjaelland, it would all be in vein if Shakhtar failed to beat Juventus in Ukraine.

Juve managed to overcome a dogged Shakhtar at the Donbass Arena, narrowly winning the match 1-0.

The result catapulted the Italian champions into first place in Group E, leaving Shakhtar in second and dumping holders Chelsea out of the Champions League and into the Europa League.

Chin up: Torres scored two goals but Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League

Chin up: Torres scored two goals but Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League

That might be why... Juventus sealed Chelsea's fate by topping Group E in Ukraine

That might be why… Juventus sealed Chelsea's fate by topping Group E in Ukraine

Andrea Pirlo vows to pour Champions League misery on Chelsea

Goodbye Chelsea! Pirlo's promise to pour Champions League misery on Blues

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09:53 GMT, 4 December 2012

Andrea Pirlo is determined to put the final nail in Chelsea's Champions League coffin on Wednesday night.

A win or a draw for Juventus against Shakhtar Donetsk will send holders Chelsea out of the competition.

Down and out: Andrea Pirlo vowed to end Chelsea's Champions League hopes

Down and out: Andrea Pirlo vowed to end Chelsea's Champions League hopes

The Blues' only hope is a Shakhtar win in Ukraine coupled with a Stamford Bridge victory over Group E whipping boys Nordsjaelland.

Juve playmaker Pirlo, who was close
to joining the west Londoners three years ago, said: 'I'm sorry for
Chelsea fans but the next thing they know they will be saying goodbye to
the Champions League.

'If they go out it won't only be because of what happens tomorrow.

'We have been superior to Chelsea and beating them 3-0 (in the last round of matches) was a key moment.'

Pirlo has also ruled out any dirty tricks to send Chelsea packing.

He added in The Sun: 'If anyone believes that Juve and Shakhtar have agreed to tie then they are mistaken.

'The
difference between finishing first or second is great in terms of the
knockout draw. So our motivation to beat Donetsk couldn't be greater.'

Harry Redknapp Ukraine manager"s job: Ex-Spurs boss says he is "serious" about Ukraine post as his advisors head to Kiev

EXCLUSIVE: Bring on Redknapp v Roy… Harry says he is 'serious' about Ukraine job with his advisors in Kiev for talks

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10:53 GMT, 21 November 2012

Harry Redknapp has confirmed his advisors are today in talks with the Ukrainian FA over him becoming the new manager of their national team.

It is a move which would offer Redknapp the chance to
shatter Roy Hodgson's World Cup dream – six months after being
overlooked for the England job. England face Ukraine in a potentially crucial tie next September in Kiev.

Speaking exclusively to Sportsmail today, Redknapp said: 'It's a fantastic job. I found out about it a couple of weeks ago when they got in touch with my advisors. I am serious about it.

Crunch clash: Roy Hodgson, manager of England, could fave Harry Redknapp, who is in talks over the vacant Ukraine managerial positiion, next year in a crucial World Cup qualifier

Crunch clash: Roy Hodgson, manager of England, could fave Harry Redknapp, who is in talks over the vacant Ukraine managerial positiion, next year in a crucial World Cup qualifier

'They are an up and coming football
country with some very good young players, some great teams like
Shakhtar and some great stadiums.

'I will talk to them and see if we can sort something out. I'm definitely interested, without a doubt.'

Paul Stretford, Redknapp's agent, is in Ukraine today talking to their FA on Redknapp's behalf.

Hodgson, the man who was appointed
England boss in the face of popular opinion – with many wanting former
Tottenham manager Redknapp in the post – has admitted even he was
shocked to beat Redknapp to the job.

‘As soon as Fabio’s position became
vacant the papers had a clear idea about who the man replacing him would
be,’ Hodgson said. ‘One name was cropping up more and more. So I didn’t
expect the call.

'I remember it distinctly – I was
driving back to London on Saturday night, and my son had just flown home
from America that evening. Then the FA phoned, saying they wanted to
meet me.

'The West Brom chairman had
deliberately kept it quiet, until after the game against Aston Villa,
because he didn’t want my concentration to be affected.’

Old foes: England faced Ukraine for the second time this year in September

Old foes: England faced Ukraine for the second time this year in September

Both the Ukrainian FA and Redknapp's
representatives confirmed that an approach had been made, with talks now
expected to take place to discuss what sources said would be an
extremely lucrative offer to the former Tottenham manager.

Eastern promise: Paul Stretford, the agent Redknapp shares with Wayne Rooney, is in Kiev for talks

Eastern promise: Paul Stretford, the agent Redknapp shares with Wayne Rooney, is in Kiev for talks

Hodgson's team are making hard work
of their campaign to reach the 2014 finals in Brazil. They have dropped
four points from four qualifiers and the prospect of Redknapp delivering
a potentially fatal blow in Ukraine next September will fill the FA
with dread.

It would be quite an act of revenge,
even if the prospect of such an outcome may deter Redknapp from
accepting the offer given his sense of patriotism.

The Ukrainian football federation declared their interest after a meeting yesterday.

A statement said they had taken 'the
decision to begin talks with Redknapp's representatives relating to him
working in the post of chief coach'.

Mikhail Fomenko, of the UFF, added:
'He has a lot of experience, coaching talent and knows how to motivate
footballers. In whatever team he led Redknapp very quickly improved the
quality of the play and achieved significant progress.

'Today he is an expert in the game and one of the best English coaches.'

Educated morning: England manager Roy Hodgson spoke at the Oxford Union yesterday

Educated morning: England manager Roy Hodgson spoke at the Oxford Union yesterday

In a statement issued on Tuesday
night, Redknapp's agent Paul Stretford said: 'I can confirm we have been
approached by the Ukrainian FA who are keen to talk to us about the
possibility of Harry becoming the next manager of the national team.'

The Ukrainians have been without a
manager since Oleh Blokhin quit after a 1-1 draw at Wembley in September
to take control at Dynamo Kiev.

The road to Rio…

World Cup Group H

Remaining fixtures

March 21: San Marino v England;
March 25: Montenegro v England; September 5: England v Moldova;
September 9: Ukraine v England; October 10: England v Montenegro;
October 14: England v Poland.

Vitali Klitschko"s fight with David Haye hangs in the balance after Ukrainian elections

Haye's showdown with Klitschko in the balance after Vitali's party come third in Ukraine elections

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09:09 GMT, 29 October 2012

David Haye's hopes of fighting Vitali Klitschko hang in the balance after the heavyweight champion’s political party came third in the Ukrainian election on Sunday.

Klitschko’s UDAR (Punch) party was forecast to have won 15 per cent of the vote which should be enough to send the 41-year-old into parliament – and possibly retirement.

But while Haye faces a wait to see if he will tackle the elder brother, the WBO are considering naming him as the mandatory challenger to Wladimir, who beat the Brit over 12 lop-sided rounds in 2011.

The future is unknown: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

The future is unknown: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

Vitali, who was disappointed with his party’s performance, must now attempt to form an opposition coalition after the ruling Regions Party looked set to retain its parliamentary majority.

‘I had said that we had tremendous potential,’ he said. ‘We must still analyse everything: why we could have won more votes but failed to do so.’

Confusion continues to reign meanwhile about whether the long-reigning champion will hang up his gloves for a second time.

Casting his vote: Klitschko goes into the polling booth

Casting his vote: Klitschko goes into the polling booth

Before stopping Manuel Charr last month he said: ‘First of all, I have to win the parliament election. Step by step by step. After that, I can give you an answer.

‘Right now, there are many discussions about [retirement]. I’m not ready to announce about my retirement. Maybe one fight, maybe two fights more. And after that, I am retired. I am active in politics.’

But his manager Bernd Boente believes electoral success would mean the end of his tenure in the ring.

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

‘If Vitali gets a role after the elections where he can make a difference, I suppose that would be the end of his career,' he told Sport Bild.

‘As a friend and manager, that’s what I would advise. The fight for democracy and against corruption is more important than a fight against David Haye.’

But the Londoner insists a contract has already been agreed for the 10million superfight to take place next year.

Full of hope: Klitschko was keen to be elected into the Ukrainian parliament

Full of hope: Klitschko was keen to be elected into the Ukrainian parliament

‘The fight has already been agreed, the contract’s done – the money, the split, everything. We don’t need a new contract,’ he claimed.

Should the veteran choose to concentrate on his political career, Haye may instead seek revenge on his 36-year-old sibling.

Wladimir holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts which he will defend against Mariusz Wach on November 10 in Hamburg.

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko in 2013

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko in 2013

He eased to a unanimous points victory over Haye in the same city and the 31-year-old was later ridiculed for blaming defeat on a broken toe.

But the WBO are set to name either Haye, Denis Boytsov or Seth Mitchell as the mandatory challenger for their title.

Russian Boystov is undefeated, and largely untested, after 31 professional fights while American hope Mitchell hopes to extend his unbeaten run to 27 when he faces Johnathon Banks in New Jersey next month.

Willian wants Chelsea move from Shakhtar

I like Chelsea! Willian wants Blues move after taking them apart for Shakhtar

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21:48 GMT, 24 October 2012


Destroyer: Willian helped take Chelsea apart

Destroyer: Willian helped take Chelsea apart

Having played a key role in Chelsea’s downfall, Willian claimed his time in Ukraine was nearing its end as he pleaded for a transfer to one of Europe’s top leagues.

The Brazilian left the Donbass Arena after Shakhtar Donetsk beat the European champions clutching a Chelsea shirt with his name and a question mark on the back, handed to him by a Blues fan.

His contract expires in 2014 and Chelsea and Tottenham have a long-standing interest in the 24-year-old winger, who has two caps for his country.

Willian said: ‘I would like to move
from Shakhtar, my work here is complete. I would like to play in a big
team in a big tournament, like the Premier League or Serie A. I like
Chelsea, AC Milan and Inter.

‘I
need to show up in a big league to be called up for the national team.
My dream, my main goal is to play the World Cup in Brazil and that is
only going to happen if I move.

‘If I were playing in a big league the same way I’ve played here, I would have more chances.

‘I knew Chelsea wanted me in the past, but the club didn’t want leave me, I think, about the price.

‘I respect the position of the club. I have to keep playing at a high level to receive new bids. We have to try to move on in the Champions League.

‘We are strong but Shakhtar is not just me, there are a lot of strong players. We played the perfect game against Chelsea. This season, we have more knowledge about our power.’

Shakhtar, having paid Corinthians 12million for Willian in 2007, are understood to want more than 30m but price will fall as he nears the end of his contract and his electric display in Wednesday’s win will ensure plenty of interest remains.

One of the gang: Willian would like to join the team

One of the gang: Willian would like to join the team

Chelsea must beat Shakhtar – Roberto Di Matteo

We must reign in Ukraine! Di Matteo upbeat as Chelsea plot Shakhtar's downfall

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22:35 GMT, 22 October 2012

The wonderful Donbass Arena glows in the night like a flying saucer which has chosen to rest amid the distant coalfields and steelworks of eastern Ukraine.

Even if the doors were to slide open and other worldly occupants were to disembark, the chances are they would be wholly aware of the John Terry race storm.

The case has been rumbling for a year and Roberto Di Matteo has not known life as Chelsea manager without its suffocating presence.

Main man: Roberto Di Matteo runs the rule over his Chelsea side ahead of their clash in Ukraine

Main man: Roberto Di Matteo runs the rule over his Chelsea side ahead of their clash in Ukraine

Repercussions still eat away at English football, as the Kick It Out T-shirt debate proves, and hearts must have skipped beats within the camp when they heard someone called Fernandinho was playing in Donetsk. As it turned out, it was the Brazilian midfielder rather than a long-lost cousin of Rio or Anton.

‘I’ve had a good baptism, I have to say,’ said Di Matteo, when asked about the pressure he has faced. ‘From the day I took over last season. You just deal with the pressure. You get into a rhythm.

‘We don’t get time to enjoy anything, you know. After the win at Tottenham on Saturday, by 10 o’clock in the evening, you’re thinking already about Shakhtar.

‘And by 7-7.30 on Sunday morning, you’re back in the office. That’s maybe the only downfall.

‘You can’t even take in victories like that and the performance. You’re switching straight on to the next game. I’m sleeping very well though.’

Captain: John Terry will lead Chelsea against Shakhtar on Tuesday

Captain: John Terry will lead Chelsea against Shakhtar on Tuesday

Di Matteo should sleep very soundly indeed. Chelsea were out of the Carling Cup and well adrift in the Barclays Premier League when he took full control from Andre Villas-Boas. They were 3-1 down to Napoli after the first leg of a Champions League tie and facing an awkward FA Cup replay at Birmingham.

Yet, with the Champions League and the FA Cup secured, his team are perched four points clear at the top of the League after the best start to a season by any Chelsea manager since Jose Mourinho. Carry on like this and people may even forget Pep Guardiola is out of work. First, though, he must survive autumn without what has become a seasonal slump in Chelsea form.

‘I’ve looked at the past seasons,’ said Di Matteo. ‘That’s why I talk about waiting until Christmas to see where we stand. We have done everything in our power and planning that we think will help us to get through this period.’

As an attacking force, Chelsea were impressive at Tottenham but this is a different test in Donetsk, where no English team has won.

Pressure: Di Matteo has called on Chelsea to see off the threat of their hosts

Pressure: Di Matteo has called on Chelsea to see off the threat of their hosts

Shakhtar have beaten Arsenal twice, Spurs once and drawn with Fulham, and the domestic form of the Ukrainian champions is quite spectacular.

A 2-1 victory against Illychivets Mariupil on Friday was their 21st successive win in the Ukrainian Premier League, a record, and Armenian striker Henrik Mkhitaryan has scored 14 in 12 league games this season.

Shakhtar are 12 points clear at the top of the league and, of 16 games in all competitions this season, have won 15. The other, a creditable draw against Juventus, in Turin.

‘Yeah, yeah, I know the stats,’ said Di Matteo. ‘And they were unlucky not to win against Juventus. They were the better team.’

One concern for Chelsea is the strength of Group E, with only Danish minnows Nordsjaelland yet to collect a point. Last season, in a group where Villarreal lost all six group games, Manchester City failed to qualify with 10 points.

Danger man: Willian

Danger man: Willian

Unlike City, however, Chelsea are
hardy European travellers, although they have lost some of their most
grizzled Champions League veterans from the squad this summer.

‘Nordsjaelland are the weakest team in the group and the other three clubs look like we have the same amount of chances to qualify,’ said Di Matteo. ‘You will probably need more than the 10 points that normally qualifies you.’

Terry, who is serving a four-match ban in domestic football, and Frank Lampard are among those who may return but Marko Marin has a groin injury and has not travelled.

‘He should be training with us when we get back,’ said the manager. ‘He’s been hampered by injuries and is catching up with fitness levels and that has limited his opportunities and progress.’

Marin’s only action since his 7million move from Werder Bremen has been 20 minutes as a substitute in the Capital One Cup against Wolves.

It is the sternest test yet in the defence of the trophy but Di Matteo promised no sudden return to the bus-parking, defensive tactics which were the hallmark of last season’s triumph in Munich.

‘We’re on a path and we know what we want,’ said Di Matteo. ‘We still need to evolve and improve but that’s our platform. We have to become better all the time.’

Rio Ferdinand unlikely to be called up for England despite John Terry retirement – Sir Alex Ferguson

I don't think Roy can take Rio back even though Terry's gone, says Ferguson

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UPDATED:

10:42 GMT, 28 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson does not think Rio Ferdinand will be called up for England duty despite John Terry's international retirement.

England boss Roy Hodgson said Ferdinand was excluded from his Euro 2012 squad for 'football reasons', though many believed it was because he could not be selected along with Terry.

Terry was embroiled in a race row case involving Ferdinand's brother, Anton, which threatened to divide the squad.

Unlikely: Sir Alex Ferguson does not expect Rio Ferdinand to be called up

Unlikely: Sir Alex Ferguson does not expect Rio Ferdinand to be called up

In advance of the FA hearing on the matter, Terry confirmed he was quitting the England set-up because he felt his position was 'untenable'.

That raised the spectre of Ferdinand being recalled to bolster Hodgson's central defensive options.

'I wouldn't think he will get called up,' said Ferguson.

'Roy Hodgson made his decision before the European Championships and I can't see him changing that.

'It would be difficult for him now to go back to Rio Ferdinand and welcome him back.'

Ferdinand has said he would never turn his back on England, even if privately he believed his international career was destined to end on 81 caps.

'You never know,' said Ferguson. 'But I think it's difficult. I don't know if Rio would do it – I haven't asked him.'

Hodgson does have alternatives to Ferdinand. But Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka struggled when Terry missed the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine at Wembley earlier this month.

Gary Cahill was also in Hodgson's squad, having missed out on Euro 2012 through injury, but only has 10 caps, while Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are both presently missed with foot and knee problems respectively.

Football reasons: Ferguson thinks Roy Hodgson will not go back on his decision

Football reasons: Ferguson thinks Roy Hodgson will not go back on his decision

'There is a danger of it resurrecting itself because it has been going on so long,' said the Manchester United manager.

'But the fact he got a four-game ban, he may consider that is quite lenient considering Luis Suarez got eight.

'It is time to move on and so should the game.'

What next Roy Hodgson with Terry

What next Roy Hodgson with Terry

Ferguson confirmed winger Antonio Valencia was 'doubtful' for Saturday's Old Trafford clash with Tottenham after picking up an ankle injury during the win at Liverpool.

The United boss said young defender Scott Wootton would be part of his squad as back-up to Ferdinand and Jonny Evans after impressing against Newcastle in midweek.

Darren Fletcher, who completed the full 90 minutes against Newcastle as he battles to combat a chronic bowel complaint, is unlikely to start as he is being saved for Tuesday's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj.

Ferguson said: 'He may get a place on the bench and he could go to Romania next week.'