Rio Ferdinand’s rep slams Roy Hodgson choice

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RIO Ferdinand’s representative has accused the Football Association and England manager Roy Hodgson of treating the defender with “a total lack of respect” after the Manchester United star suffered another Euro 2012 snub.

With Gary Cahill ruled out of the tournament after fracturing his jaw in two places during Saturday’s friendly win over Belgium at Wembley Ferdinand, aged 33, could have been the obvious choice given his vast experience, a commodity which England have lost so much of following the injuries to Gareth Barry and fellow central midfielder Frank Lampard in the past week.

Instead Hodgson has gone for Liverpool’s Martin Kelly, who made his international debut as a substitute in the final two minutes of the win in Norway on May 26.

Ferdinand’s representative and long-standing friend Jamie Moralee 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.”