In the lead-up to the 2006 World Cup, Rio Ferdinand had a hidden camera prank show called "Rio's World Cup Wind-Ups." Now, as England navigate the qualifying process for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, manager Roy Hodgson has revived the program with his own twist. And just five months after saying that Ferdinand's England career was over, Hodgson has named Ferdinand in the squad for their upcoming qualifiers. Or has he? The following is a transcript of Hodgson breaking the news to Ferdinand.
Hodgson: Rio! It's Roy Hodgson, how are you doing?
Ferdinand: Fine. I didn't think you had the balls to speak to me again, so I have to say it's a bit of a shock to hear from you, Roy.
Hodgson: I'm sure it is. I'm sure it is. But hey -- I just wanted to tell you personally that I'm recalling you to the England squad. So what do you say? Are you up for it? This definitely isn't a television joke, by the way.Read More »from DT Exclusive: Roy Hodgson tricks Rio Ferdinand with fake recall for his new prank show