Rio Ferdinand says former Manchester United teammate Michael Carrick should be going with England to the World Cup.

Ferdinand wrote in the Mail on Sunday: "He was downbeat about the news - and I know because I was with him when he got the call to say he wasn't going. Nemanja Vidic and I took him to the pub for a consolation drink.

"If anything, I was even more shocked than Carrick. If there is an obvious replacement then fine, but there isn't. He's been under-appreciated in an England shirt and never had the respect he deserves.

"He's the best holding midfielder England have."

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