Rio Ferdinand is confident that England boss Roy Hodgson will pick him in the future, despite the farcical situation which saw him pull out of their games against San Marino and Montenegro.
The Three Lions eased to an 8-0 victory over the minnows on Friday night without the Manchester United defender, although Tuesday’s match against the Group H table toppers will prove far more testing.
But, despite Hodgson insisting the 34-year-old would have to ‘wait and see’ about his international future, Ferdinand reckons he could well be selected for upcoming squads.
"He made it very clear that he'll consider me for the next squads and that will be fantastic," he said last night on Al Jazeera Sport.
"Obviously we've got to get the game against Montenegro out of the way. We need to win that and try and be successful there and then hopefully we can look forward to a good summer if we're successful against Montenegro."
Ferdinand, however, does not regret withdrawing from the squad to face San Marino and Montenegro and defended his decision to fly to Qatar.
"I met the boss in London and we spoke about my regime and [I'm doing] what I've done at the last few international breaks - the same," he said.
"I was pencilled in to have certain treatments, had them and then I've come away to have some rest time and to recuperate and get myself ready.
"I think obviously the situation with myself and the national team is well documented, but this isn't something that I'm doing differently. This is something I've done in past international get-togethers when I've not been involved.
"I've had a course of treatment that I've had to have and then to go and rest and get ready and recuperate - and that's what I've continued to do."