The Manchester United defender was left out of
Hodgson subsequently denied that motive and insisted he felt Ferdinand had not played enough games, even though he made only one fewer Premier League appearance than Terry.
It did seem to signal the death knell for Ferdinand's international career though.
Even with Terry's own future open to doubt as the
Deep down, Ferdinand must realise the chances of him adding to his present tally of 81 caps is slim.
He will not rule it out though, even if his thoughts are more concerned with United.
"My answer's the same as last season," he said.
"Manchester United is at the forefront of my mind. It's my club and this is what I love doing.
"If anything else comes of it, so be it.
"But I don't think about anything else except for playing for Manchester United and hopefully winning back the league."
The big positive for Ferdinand last term was that he made more league appearances than at any point since 2008, when his well-publicised back problems first started flaring up.
Through a variety of methods, including standing for extended periods on plane journeys and early diagnosis, the Londoner has managed to keep his absences to a minimum.
"It has been well documented I had injuries over the last few seasons," he said.
"Last season, thanks to the physios and sports science team at United, I felt I managed my back really well. They helped me through.
"Long may that continue because I would like to play a similar amount of games this season."
English Premier League
English Premier League champion Manchester United will start the 2013-2014 season at League Cup winner Swansea.