Rio Ferdinand has said he is "gutted" to miss out on an England return and hit out at former players for their negative reaction to him pulling out of Roy Hodgson's squad, accusing them of 'chatting rubbish'.
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has pulled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro due to "the detailed pre-planned training and medical programme he must follow", England manager Roy Hodgson said today.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney says he's delighted to be back and feels ready and excited to get out onto the pitch. With his club team-mate Danny Welbeck and Liverpool's Andy Carroll both in scoring form for England, the striker says it's great to have competition to push him to be at his best.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney will be the hot topic at England's press conference today. The striker is available for the final group game against Ukraine on Tuesday after serving a two match ban. His United team-mate Danny Welbeck or Liverpool's Andy Carroll are set to make way for his return.
Rio Ferdinand's agent has accused new England boss Roy Hodgson of treating the player with a 'lack of respect'.
Hodgson decided to take Liverpool's Martin Kelly to the Poland-Ukraine tournament in place of the injured Gary Cahill - overlooking Ferdinand, who plays for Manchester United.
In response Jamie Moralee, Ferdinand's long-time friend and business partner, said: "Lampard, Terry, Barry, Gerrard; all ageing but they go to the tournament.
"Why is Rio different?
"To treat a player that has captained and served his country 81 times [in this manner] is nothing short of disgraceful. [It's a] total lack of respect from Hodgson and the FA as far as I am concerned."