With Gary Cahill ruled out of Euro 2012 due to injury, Roy Hodgson needed to pick a replacement, but opted for youngster Martin Kelly over the Old Trafford stalwart.
Ferdinand’s representative Jamie Moralee could not hide his frustration at the decision, and made his feelings known.
“Lampard, Terry, Barry, Gerrard; all ageing but they go to the tournament. Why is Rio different?” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“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 has stated that Ferdinand was omitted due to footballing reasons, but John Terry’s upcoming court case for racially abusing the United man’s brother Anton is widely-regarded as the real reason.
Ferdinand made his displeasure clear on Twitter after the news was revealed.
“What reasons?????!!!,” was the veteran’s thoughts on the snub by the national team.
It is now being rumoured that Ferdinand may never play for his country again after not being considered for Euro 2012.
By Gareth McKnight