Rio’s not so grand

Rio gets the dreaded call from Roy Hodgson but still manages to keep his cool, in this EXCLUSIVE shoot Rio looks like the ultimate professional.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has confirmed that England boss Roy Hodgson has omitted him from the Euro 2012 squad.

Ferdinand, 33, has enjoyed a fine season for United, playing in 38 games in all competitions – the most he has managed since 2008/09, and just two years ago he was made England captain before injury ruled him out of the 2010 World Cup.

However, it appears the United veteran will not be adding to his 81 caps any time soon, with Hodgson apparently opting for Chelsea skipper John Terry instead.

When asked after United’s friendly against an Irish League XI on Tuesday whether the rumours he had been left out were true, Ferdinand confirmed that he would not be going to Euro 2012.

Terry was accused of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother Anton last year and since then it has been thought that one of the former England centre-back partners would need to be dropped in a bid to retain some sort of harmony in the Three Lions dressing-room.

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