17 May 2012

No Ferdinand for England

10:01 am on 17 May 2012

The Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says he's gutted to have been left out of England's 23-man squad for next month's Euro 2012.

Ferdinand is the most high-profile omission from manager Roy Hodgson's squad for the tournament in Ukraine and Poland.

Ferdinand's omission avoids a potential conflict with John Terry, who is to stand trial in July over a charge he racially abused Ferdinand's brother Anton.

Hodgson insists leavibng Ferdinand out of his squad is a footballing decision... he says the player has had a lack of involvement with the team is recent times....

Hodgson also named the Liverpool striker Andy Carroll in a 23-man party along with the uncapped Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy and Arsenal's teenage winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Striker Wayne Rooney was included despite having to miss the first two matches of the tournament through suspension, while Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard will captain the side.