FA and Hodgson disrespected Rio - Agent
The representative of Rio Ferdinand has joined the row over his England snub by accusing the FA and Roy Hodgson of disrespecting him.
Jamie Moralee spoke out after it was revealed that the 33-year-old Manchester United central defender would not be called up to the squad for Euro 2012 when Chelsea's Gary Cahill was ruled out with a double fracture of his jaw picked up against Belgium on Saturday. And, having caused a bit of a stir by not including Ferdinand in his initial squad, Hodgson then drafted in Liverpool's Martin Kelly to replace Cahill after using standby defender, Phil Jagielka, to replace Gareth Barry last week. Ferdinand appeared to be the natural choice due to his vast experience, while Kelly only made his international debut as a substitute in the final two minutes of the win in Norway on May 26. "What reasons?????!!!" was Ferdinand's first reaction on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, before Moralee waded into the debate by openly criticising the Football Association and Hodgson over the suggestion that the player was left out because of his form and age. He 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. Total lack of respect from Hodgson and the FA as far as I am concerned." Hodgson was quizzed when he named his squad on May 16 if he had snubbed Ferdinand because of concerns the centre-back would not be able to get along with John Terry, in light of Terry's impending court case for alleged racist remarks to Ferdinand's brother Anton at Loftus Road in October. Terry denies the charge against him. And, given that Ferdinand made 38 appearances last term and started United's last 16 Premier League games it is hard to believe Hodgson has ignored him on form grounds alone.