Rio Ferdinand "gutted" to miss out following Roy Hodgson's England Euro 2012 squad announcement
Rio Ferdinand has broke his silence on his shock omission from the England squad for Euro 2012, admitting that the news has left him heartbroken.
On Wednesday afternoon, Manchester United defender Ferdinand was left out of Roy Hodgson’s first England squad that will also travel to Ukraine and Poland this summer.
Rio tweeted: “Absolutely loved playing for England…to say I’m gutted is an understatement of the highest order.”
Since making his England debut in a friendly against Cameroon in 1997, Ferdinand has went on to earn 81 caps, scoring three times, yet not doing enough to make it into Hodgson’s 23-man team.
Rather, Hodgson opted for Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott, Ferdinand’s United team mate Phil Jones, and Chelsea pair Gary Cahill and former England captain John Terry.
Although described as omitting Ferdinand for “footballing reasons”, many believe his omission stems from the ongoing race row between Terry and Ferdinand’s brother, Anton.
BBC radio pundit and Reading striker Jason Roberts was adamant that leaving out Ferdinand and taking Terry to the Euros sends out a wrong message and allow for a “toxic” atmosphere in the England dressing room.
The FA and new boss Hodgson have appeared to back Terry over Ferdinand, as Terry is set to face charges of racist abuse later this summer.
However, Rio's Manchester team mate Michael Owen came out on Twitter in support of his colleague. He tweeted: "Big day for news. England squad looks decent but not sure about the decision not to take @rioferdy5."
Is this a decision that will come back to haunt Hodgson this summer?