Blanc has dig at England over snub for Man Utd's Ferdinand

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

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."

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