Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has not selected Ferdinand since taking over the national team in May, citing ‘footballing reasons’, with many assuming his omission was down to a difficult relationship with Terry.
But with the Chelsea captain out of the picture, Ferdinand’s Manchester United teammate Cleverley has told talkSPORT his form this season deserves international recognition.
“He’s a great player and he’s started the season fantastically well for us and he is a very consistent performer,” Cleverley said. “You can always rely on Rio.
“I don’t pick the squads but I think he is definitely in with a shout.”