No sentiment as Hodgson ousts Ferdinand from Euro squad

Rio Ferdinand has been left out of England's Euro 2012 squad. Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville

So it is confirmed. No room for sentiment and no room for Rio Ferdinand in Roy Hodgson's Euro squad. John Terry is included though.

Elsewhere there are few other surprises. The names that do stand out are Norwich keeper John Ruddy who's getting married on the same day England play their last friendly before the tournament.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Arsenal teenager, will be hoping to get more of a kick than teammate Theo Walcott did when he was Sven Goran Eriksson's surprise pick in 2006.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) has not yet won a senior international cap for England. Credit: PA

And perhaps there will be a few raised eyebrows over Hodgson's decision to go for Liverpool's misfiring winger Stewart Downing, over Adam Johnson who only makes the standby list.

But it is the Ferdinand decision that is fascinating - three of the four centre backs included have no tournament experience at all. What if Terry gets injured?

Rio Ferdinand's (right) omission means John Terry is the only centre back with international tournament experience. Credit: PA

More fascinating is Hodgson's rationale. Ferdinand is a popular man and has many close friends in the England set up.

Hodgson will need to convince them this decision was made purely on merit or he may find the divisions that unsettled Fabio Capello's World Cup in South Africa emerge again.

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