Rio Ferdinand, the Manchester United defender, reacted to news of John Terry's retirement from international football by hinting that he would be open to a return to the England squad. Roy Hodgson, the England head coach, has yet to comment on the possibility of Ferdinand earning a call-up.
Terry came face to face with Anton Ferdinand, Rio's brother, again yesterday. At Wembley Stadium, the disciplinary hearing over allegations that Terry racially abused the Queens Park Rangers defender began and is expected to last four days. Terry retired from international football on the eve of the hearing, a surprising move that opens the door for Rio Ferdinand to return to the national team, having not featured at that level in more than a year.