Roy Hodgson says sorry over Rio Ferdinand Tube gaffe

England manager, Roy Hodgson
England manager, Roy Hodgson Photo: Press Association

England coach Roy Hodgson has said sorry to Rio Ferdinand after telling a Tube passenger that the defender was out of the squad - before he told Rio.

It meant Hodgson's comments on public transport were published ahead of his official naming of the England team.

I am disappointed that a stray conversation has been reported in that way. I didn't say Rio's career was over. I might have admitted, foolishly I guess, and I only have myself to blame, that I wasn't going to choose him in this squad. I am just disappointed this could be seen as a lack of respect to Rio.

The England coach prefers travelling on the Underground but said he would be a bit more careful from now on when it comes to answering questions from fans.

Ferdinand has been overlooked for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland. Uncapped center back Ryan Shawcross will receive his second international call-up.

Here's the squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, Ryan Shawcross, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Steven Gerrard, Adam Johnson, Aaron Lennon, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Theo Walcott

Forwards: Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck

Hodgson's options have been reduced by John Terry quitting England duty last month before he was found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton.

But he insisted there are still plenty of leaders left in the team capable of leading England to victory.