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Ferdinand: I love playing for England

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has again expressed his desire to pull on the England national team jersey as the Three Lions prepare to face Brazil.

Ferdinand hasn't played for his country since 2011 – when he won his 81st England cap – and was controversially left out of the Euro 2012 squad after Gary Cahill was forced out due to injury.

More recently Ferdinand has had to endure the controversy of England manager Roy Hodgson publicly doubting the defender's England future in a conversation with a fan on a London Underground train which was filmed and posted online.

However, the 34-year-old has lost none of his desire to represent his country and, given the chance, would happily return to the England dressing-room.

"I'm no different to anyone else - I love playing for England," Ferdinand told #5 Magazine. "If I'm not then I'll keep doing what I'm doing for Manchester United."

"I'm not being picked. The manager hasn't picked me. If I got picked I'd pack my bags and go straight there."

Despite his passion for the international arena, Ferdinand recently said playing for United was a 'bigger experience' than playing for England.

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