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Ferguson on England supporters' Ferdinand chant

England have been reported to FIFA by anti-racism group FARE after chants about Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and his brother Anton during the games with San Marino and Montenegro.

Ferdinand, who withdrew from the England squad on fitness grounds, has condemned the chants on his Twitter page.

Sir Alex Ferguson fears it's a sign of the times.


Rio Ferdinand given first Hodgson England call-up

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has earned his first England call-up under manager Roy Hodgson for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro later this month.

Hodgson cited "footballing reasons" for Ferdinand's exclusion in his squad for the Euro 2012 finals and he has remained out of his plans ever since.


Rooney ready and raring to go for England

Wayne Rooney excited to return for England in their final Euro 2012 group game with Ukraine Credit: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

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.

The return of Rooney

England's Wayne Rooney leaves the team hotel in Krakow. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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.

Ferdinand's agent hits out at Hogdson over 'lack of respect'

Ferdinand's agent has stepped into the row over the player's non-selection for Euro 2012 Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

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."

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