Ferdinand still supporting England despite Euro 2012 snub

Rio Ferdinand has admitted he is still supporting England at Euro 2012 despite being left out of manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for the tournament and overlooked when injuries ruled out three experienced players, Press Association has reported.

The Manchester United defender was dropped from the travelling party for what was only described as “football reasons” at the time, but many speculated that Hodgson had chosen to include John Terry at Ferdinand’s expense. Terry is currently involved in legal action with Ferdinand’s brother Anton, with PA noting the speculation that Ferdinand and Terry could not be part of the same squad because of Terry’s trial for alleged racist remarks, a charge the Chelsea defender denies.

Hodgson was also accused of “a lack of respect” by Ferdinand’s friend and business partner Jamie Moralee over the decision to call up young Liverpool defender Martin Kelly in place of Gary Cahill, who was ruled out with a double fractured jaw suffered against Belgium. Hodgson had previously added Phil Jagielka and Jordan Henderson to the squad after Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard pulled out.

Ferdinand however announced on his Twitter page that he was fully behind the England team, insisting he wanted to make his stance clear. He said: “Just so we don’t get it twisted ere….I’ll be in a pub somewhere supporting England this summer! Love the lads!

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