LONDON (AP) — Rio Ferdinand’s representative says England coach Roy Hodgson has shown the defender a lack of respect by repeatedly ignoring him for the European Championship.
After Gary Cahill was ruled out of Euro 2012 with a broken jaw, Hodgson selected Liverpool’s Martin Kelly, who made his England debut in last week’s win at Norway.
Manchester United’s Ferdinand has 81 caps.
Ferdinand’s representative Jamie Moralee says “to treat a player that has captained and served his country 81 times (in this manner) is nothing short of disgraceful. Total lack of respect from Hodgson and the FA.”
Hodgson denied last month that Ferdinand wasn’t in the initial 23-man squad over concerns he couldn’t play with John Terry, who is facing trial for allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother, Anton, the Queens Park Rangers defender.