The decision to leave Rio Ferdinand out of the England squad, despite the catalogue of injuries, has stirred consternation amongst the masses and William Hill think that this could be the final nail in the long serving defenders international coffin. He is 4/9 to never play for England again and 4/1 to announce his international retirement before the start of the 2012/13 Premier League season.
Rio is a veteran of over 80 England caps but it looks like he will fail to add to his impressive tally, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.
Hills are now betting on when Ferdinand will retire from football completely and offer 10/1 that he does so this year. Ferdinand fans need not worry, however as the odds of 6/4 suggest it is much more likely he is still playing in 2015.
Players often add a couple of years to their playing careers by retiring from international football and Rios omission could be a blessing in disguise, said Crilly.
Rio Ferdinand to announce his international retirement before the start of the 2012/13 Premier League season: 4/1
Rio Ferdinand to play for England again: 4/9 no; 13/8 yes
What year will Rio Ferdinand retire from professional football: 10/1 2012; 15/8 2013; 13/8 2014; 6/4 2015 or later
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