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Rio Ferdinand defends Qatar trip

March 21, 2013
By Press Association
Rio Ferdinand has defended his decision to fly out to Qatar in the week he withdrew from the England squad in order to follow a pre-planned fitness routine.

Manchester United defender Ferdinand was called up by England manager Roy Hodgson for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro but pulled out on Monday, citing the need to follow the fitness plan laid out by his club.

The 34-year-old will visit the Aspire training academy in Doha and then ...

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