I am right behind England: Rio

Jun 06, 2012, 08:37 IST | PA Sport

Rio Ferdinand yesterday insisted he would still be a firm supporter of England's Euro 2012 campaign despite the controversy that has surrounded the Manchester United defender's continued absence from the squad

Ferdinand’s camp reacted furiously on Sunday night to the former England captain again being overlooked following the enforced withdrawal of defender Gary Cahill, who suffered a fractured jaw during Saturday’s Wembley defeat of Belgium.

Veteran England star Rio Ferdinand has been left out of the squad

Rather than call Ferdinand, 33, into the squad, England boss Roy Hodgson selected inexperienced Liverpool defender Martin Kelly, prompting Jamie Moralee, Ferdinand’s long-time friend and business partner, to accuse the new manager of “a total lack of respect”.

He tweeted: “Just so we don’t get it twisted ere.... I’ll be in a pub somewhere supporting England this summer! Love the lads!”

For Hodgson, though, the issue will not just go away and he will face yet more questions at the first available opportunity after England arrive at their Krakow base today.

On initially selecting the squad, the former Liverpool and West Brom boss dismissed Ferdinand’s absence as being for “footballing reasons”.

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