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Roy Hodgson will "wait and see" if Rio Ferdinand has an international future after withdrawing from England squad for San Marino and…

Rio can do what he wants… but I can't guarantee he'll get another England invite, says Hodgson

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

17:29 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:01 GMT, 21 March 2013

England manager Roy Hodgson has said he will 'wait and see' if Rio Ferdinand has an international future following the United defender's decision to withdraw from the national squad this week.

Hodgson's side take on San Marino on Friday with a depleted defence after Ferdinand withdrew from the squad to look after his chronic back problem.

But Ferdinand
sparked fresh controversy as Sportsmail exclusively revealed that the
Manchester United defender will fly to Qatar to work on a television
broadcast of Friday’s World Cup qualifier.

Waving goodbye Roy Hodgson said he will 'wait and see' if Rio Ferdinand has an international future

Waving goodbye Roy Hodgson said he will 'wait and see' if Rio Ferdinand has an international future

Unhappy: Hodgson is disappointed that Ferdinand is not with the England team

Unhappy: Hodgson is disappointed that Ferdinand is not with the England team

When pushed on Ferdinand's future as
an England player, Hodgson said: 'I think we should just wait and see, I
think it's more a question of how his injury situation will impact upon
him playing for England, so we'll have to wait and see what happens in
the future.

'At the moment it's speculation about
a longer-term future whereas my focus is on these next two games, which
are important for us in our bid to qualify. I am happy with the squad
we've got.'

Hodgson deflected questions on what he thought of Ferdinand's decision to miss the two World Cup qualifiers.

He said: 'I don't have any serious
thoughts on it. I was disappointed when he couldn't accept our
invitation. It would have been nice to have him here.'

Double header: England take on San Marion on Friday night before facing Montenegro next week

Double header: England take on San Marion on Friday night before facing Montenegro next week

Hodgson also refused to comment on Ferdinand's decision to embark on a 15-hour round trip to Doha to work as a TV pundit.

'As we all know he wasn't able to
accept the invitation so what he actually does now and how he operates
in the coming couple of weeks, that's his business and the club's
business.

'You're asking me questions that I
really don't want to go into. It really shows a lack of respect to some
extent for the players who are here,' he said.

'In this instance Rio made it clear
that he wasn't able to accept my invitation on this occasion and we will
see what happens in the future.

'What happens during this period of
time when he's looking after himself, it's up to us to look after
ourselves and do the job we've got to do in these next two matches.'

Plane stupid: Ferdinand pulled out of the England squad before agreeing to work as a TV pundit in Qatar

Plane stupid: Ferdinand pulled out of the England squad before agreeing to work as a TV pundit in Qatar

Hodgson also dismissed suggestions that Michael Carrick could step in at centre back to solve England's defensive crisis.

The England boss said: 'To accept that I would have to
accept we have problems in central defence. I think we have four very
good central defenders here.

'As far as I’m concerned I would be
loathed to start using people like Michael Carrick who has been selected
for his prowess as a midfield player.

'It would be harsh on those who have been selected as central defenders.'

Not interested: Captain Steven Gerrard is not dwelling on Ferdinand's withdrawal

Not interested: Captain Steven Gerrard is not dwelling on Ferdinand's withdrawal

England captain Steven Gerrard
believes the team have trained well without Ferdinand and is not
dwelling on the United defender's absence.

He said: 'I don't think it's for me to comment. That's something for the manager to deal with to be honest. I just look at the players in the squad and worry about them players really.

'Of course it's disappointing Rio's not here, because he's a fantastic player and he's in top form, and it would've been nice for him to be here, but he's not, we move on without him and training's been really good.'

Asked if England can cope without Ferdinand, Gerrard said: 'Yes I do, certainly on the evidence I've seen in training the last few days.

'Repeating what the manager said, the four guys have been working hard and training well and they are all pushing for places.

'I'm confident that they can not only do the job tomorrow but on Tuesday night as well.'

Peter Odemwingie transfer request rejected by West Brom amid QPR interest

West Brom reject Odemwingie's transfer request as QPR target desperately seeks exit

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:50 GMT, 25 January 2013

West Bromwich Albion have turned down a transfer request from striker Peter Odemwingie.

The Baggies rejected a bid from QPR for the Nigeria forward earlier this month and the club insist none of their core players are for sale.

Sporting & technical director Richard Garlick said: 'Peter is hugely popular with our supporters and it is disappointing that he has decided to hand in a transfer request.

Snub: West Brom have rejected a transfer request from Peter Odemwingie

Snub: West Brom have rejected a transfer request from Peter Odemwingie

'It was immediately turned down and has done nothing to change our stance during January.

'Peter is under contract until the summer of 2014 and we have no need or desire to sell our core players.

'We want to keep the squad intact to enable us to build on an encouraging first six months of the season.'

Waving goodbye: Odemwingie has expressed his desire to leave West Brom

Waving goodbye: Odemwingie has expressed his desire to leave West Brom

Odemwingie sent a mixed message to supporters after the final whistle against Aston Villa last weekend and said: 'It's normal that players move clubs.

'There has been an offer – I'm 31 now and I was thinking to secure my future in the Premier League which is my desire.

'I had a good talk with the owners of the club, I'm here and I'm happy, this is always my club that I love.'

Florent Malouda tweets picture of Under 21s entrance

New home for Chelsea's Malouda… but it's next door with the youth team!

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UPDATED:

11:56 GMT, 5 September 2012

Florent Malouda has confirmed his Chelsea career has come to unsavoury end with the Frenchman forced to train with the youth team.

The forward was was omitted from the 22-strong Champions League squad list submitted by holders Chelsea to UEFA on Tuesday ahead of their Group fixtures with Juventus, Nordsjaelland and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Look what I won! Florent Malouda (right) celebrates Chelsea's Champions League success with Didier Drogba

Look what I won! Florent Malouda (right) celebrates Chelsea's Champions League success with Didier Drogba

New home: Malouda posted this to his Twitter account @realflorentm with the caption, 'This is where I'll train for my last season with the blues !!!'

New home: Malouda posted this to his Twitter account @realflorentm with the caption, 'This is where I'll train for my last season with the blues !!!'

Malouda was told that he could leave
Stamford Bridge during the summer, but the transfer window closed
without any deal being completed.

And on Wednesday, Malouda took to Twitter to take a swipe at his employers.

With a picture of the entrance to the club's youth team facility next to where the seniors train in Cobham, the 32-year-old wrote: 'This is where I'll train for my last season with the blues !!!'

Malouda is understood to have dug his heels in over his wages – he is in the last year of a 70,000-a-week contract with Chelsea and wanted a similar pay packet elsewhere.

The Premier League winner played no part in Chelsea's first three matches this season, the European Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid or the FA Community Shield loss to Manchester City.

And with his omission from the Champions League squad, he has clearly been completely frozen out of manager Roberto Di Matteo's plans.

Waving Goodbye: Malouda is likely to depart Chelsea after five years at the club

Waving Goodbye: Malouda is likely to depart Chelsea after five years at the club

A number of clubs in Brazil were interested in signing him, but were put off by his wage demands.

Malouda played 49 matches for club and country last season, but has fallen right out of favour following the summer arrivals of Eden Hazard and Oscar.

Florent Malouda left out of Chelsea"s Champions League squad

Clock ticking on Malouda's Chelsea career after winger is left out of squad for Champions League defence

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UPDATED:

15:45 GMT, 4 September 2012

Florent Malouda's Chelsea career looks to be drawing to a close after the midfielder was omitted from the club's Champions League squad.

The Frenchman's name was not on the 22-strong 'A' list submitted by holders Chelsea to UEFA on Tuesday ahead of their Group fixtures with Juventus, Nordsjaelland and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Malouda, 32, was told that he could leave Stamford Bridge during the summer, but the transfer window closed without any deal being completed.

Look what I won! Florent Malouda (right) celebrates Chelsea's Champions League success with Didier Drogba

Look what I won! Florent Malouda (right) celebrates Chelsea's Champions League success with Didier Drogba

The player is understood to have dug his heels in over his wages – he is in the last year of a 70,000-a-week contract with Chelsea and wanted a similar pay packet elsewhere.

Malouda played no part in Chelsea's first three Premier League matches this season, the European Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid or the FA Community Shield loss to Manchester City.

And with his omission from the Champions League squad, he seems to have been completely frozen out of manager Roberto Di Matteo's plans.

A number of clubs in Brazil were rumoured to be interested in signing him, but were put off by his wage demands.

Waving Goodbye: Malouda is likely to depart Chelsea after five years at the club

Waving Goodbye: Malouda is likely to depart Chelsea after five years at the club

Malouda played 49 matches for club and country last season, but has fallen right out of favour following the summer arrivals of Eden Hazard and Oscar.

Chelsea Champions League squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Romeu, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Moses, Hazard, Ferreira, Marin, Turnbull, Sturridge, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Piazon

Arsenal braced for Manchester City bid for Robin van Persie

Arsenal braced for Manchester City bid for unsettled Van Persie

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UPDATED:

22:17 GMT, 22 June 2012

Manchester City will step up their pursuit of Arsenal's Robin van Persie now that Holland are out of Euro 2012.

Despite Arsenal's reluctance to lose
yet another player to City, it is understood that coach Roberto Mancini
is still determined to land the Dutch international.

On his way: Will Robin van Persie soon be waving goodbye to Arsenal

On his way: Will Robin van Persie soon be waving goodbye to Arsenal

There has been no approach made to Arsenal yet by City but that now seems inevitable in the coming days and weeks.

Van Persie is also on the wanted list of Italian giants Juventus as well as Barcelona in Spain.

Disappointment: Van Persie failed to fire at Euro 2012

Disappointment: Van Persie failed to fire at Euro 2012

With one year left on his contract at Arsenal, Van Persie has been offered a new deal at the Emirates. City, though, have the power to offer the 28-year-old in excess of 200,000 a week as well as the chance to win the Barclays Premier League.

If City are to push a deal through they will need to offload one of their other high earners such as Emmanuel Adebayor or Carlos Tevez.

Yossi Benayoun wants to secure third for Arsenal before leaving

Benayoun: I want to fire Gunners into third before waving goodbye

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UPDATED:

15:46 GMT, 8 May 2012

Yossi Benayoun is plotting the perfect goodbye to Arsenal as he seeks to help the Gunners cement third place in the league, regardless of what happens to his parent club Chelsea.

The midfielder, currently on loan from The Blues, said he 'didn't care' about any other clubs except from Arsenal.

One-club man: Yossi Benayoun (left) is concentrating on securing a Champions League place for his loan club Arsenal

One-club man: Yossi Benayoun (left) is concentrating on securing a Champions League place for his loan club Arsenal

Benayoun said he wants to end his loan move by helping Arsene Wenger's side secure third place in the league and Champions League qualification.

The Israel captain arrived at Arsenal from Chelsea in the summer and has proved a useful addition to the squad in recent weeks.

Having been handed more starts by Wenger in the last few games, Benayoun has contributed 3 league goals in 18 appearances, including a curler in the 3-3 draw with Norwich on Saturday.

The final game of Benayoun's loan spell comes at West Brom on Sunday, where Arsenal need to win to be certain of finishing third.

That could help deny Chelsea a top-four spot but the 32-year-old seems indifferent to his parent club's plight.

'Since I came to Arsenal, I have always been committed to one club until the last game of the season,' the midfielder said.

'The only thing I want is for Arsenal to finish in third place – I don't care about anybody else.

Gunner: Benayoun says that he doesn't care about any club but Arsenal

Gunner: Benayoun says that he doesn't care about any club but Arsenal

'When I finish I will have to decide about my future.

'I am supposed to go back to Chelsea first and then we will see what the future holds.'

Benayoun was pleased with how his loan spell had worked out, adding: 'I finish here in a good way.

'In the last few months, I have been more involved.

'Of course, you want to play and you want to enjoy it and I think I have played a big part in the last few games.

'You always remember the end and I am happy with my performances in the last few months.'

It will be up to Wenger to decide whether to make the deal permanent, and add Benayoun to his squad alongside first summer signing Lukas Podolski.

The Arsenal boss may be paying more attention to securing an extension of Robin van Persie's contract.

He and winger Theo Walcott only have one year remaining on their current deals, but may wait to see who else is brought in before committing to the club.