Dirk Kuyt has defended the England selection of Liverpool youngster Martin Kelly ahead of Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand.

Kuyt, who quit Anfield for Fenerbahce on Sunday, defended his former team-mates' selection.

"Roy Hodgson is the one who decides who he selects for the national team," Kuyt said.

"There's only one decision to make - he has to make the best possible team.

"I'm sure Martin Kelly and Henderson will do well.

"They are young but they're both very talented and I'm sure they will help England moving forward."