France coach Laurent Blanc has entered the England debate over Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand's omission.

Several high-profile former players have contended this was precisely the reason Ferdinand was ignored, and France boss Blanc joined them on Thursday.

Speaking at a press conference, he said: "I know Rio Ferdinand. I think, from afar, that the choice to not take him isn't a sporting choice.

"Rio Ferdinand is a very good player but (his exclusion) has been surprising with all the injuries in that department."