England fans turned on Rio Ferdinand as the Manchester United defender launched an impassioned defence of his withdrawal. Travelling fans in San Marino’s Stadio Olimpico chanted abuse about Ferdinand, who turned down a return to the international ranks after over a year in the wilderness so he could rest a long-running back problem. Former England captain Ferdinand, however, then controversially flew to the Middle East to be a TV pundit for Al Jazeera on the Three Lions' Friday game against the minnows. And he used his appearance to insist he was only following his usual fitness routine.
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