Roy Hodgson has reacted angrily towards journalists questioning him about Rio Ferdinand’s England future.
Manchester United veteran Ferdinand was axed by Hodgson during John Terry’s race trial over his insult of Rio’s brother, Anton.
The United stopper went on record this week to say he still dreams of representing his country, even though Hodgson appears to have categorically overlooked him.
And Hodgson indicated that Rio’s England career is indeed over, when asked to comment on the defender’s chances of a recall.
Hodgson says he is tired of talking about Ferdinand, and has backed Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill to make England fans forget about Rio sooner rather than later.
“I am not going to talk about Rio," Hodgson snapped.
"It seems to me all I ever do is answer questions about Rio.
"We have just beaten Brazil for the first time in God knows how many years. It is my first game against Brazil. We have had six players 22 and under on the field.
"I am not prepared, every time we play a game, to keep revisiting something which I have revisited at every single press conference for the last 10 months."
"You are being unfair to the two of them to suggest they can't (bring the ball out of defence)," Hodgson added, addressing concerns regarding Cahill and Smalling’s ability.
"Smalling can do that. He is not lacking in ability on the ball. Neither is Gary Cahill."