England manager Roy Hodgson has
shown a lack of respect to defender Rio Ferdinand by not calling
him up for Euro 2012 following an injury to Gary Cahill, the
Manchester United player's representative has said.
"It's a lack of respect. He wants to play," Ferdinand's
representative Jamie Moralee told BBC Sport after Hodgson
brought Liverpool's Martin Kelly into the squad.
"Rio's very disappointed. He thought he had done enough.
It's very difficult to accept. This is a player with 81 caps for
his country. I don't know anyone who understands it. It's not
been handled in the right way."
Chelsea centre-back Cahill was ruled out of the tournament,
which starts on Friday, with his jaw fractured in two places
after colliding with team-mate and goalkeeper Joe Hart during
England's friendly against Belgium at the weekend.
Kelly, who made his international debut as a substitute in
last month's friendly against Norway, was on the standby list.
Former England captain Ferdinand won his last cap against
Switzerland in June 2011 but has had injury problems since.
When announcing his initial squad last month, Hodgson said
it was a "footballing decision" to leave the 33-year-old out
despite media reports that Ferdinand and fellow England
international John Terry had fallen out.
Defender Terry, who is in the squad, will go on trial on
July 9 charged with racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton,
a Queens Park Rangers player. Terry has pleaded not guilty.
England begin their Euro campaign against France in Donetsk
on June 11 before facing Sweden and tournament co-hosts Ukraine
in Group D.
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