Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits being ignored by England coach Roy Hodgson hurt him.

The hurt runs deep for a man who has always been so proud to wear the Three Lions shirt.

Ferdinand, 33, told The Sun: "Of course I was upset not to be in the squad. That's a perfectly natural reaction.

"I love being involved in football at the very top.

"I won't discuss what Mr Hodgson has said to me but he knows I wanted to be in the squad.

"If you aren't disappointed by being left at home when your country is playing in tournaments like this then there's a problem and you shouldn't be in professional football.

"I'm in this game to achieve as much as I can. I'm paid to win and be a sore loser. I want to play in the big games and win big trophies. If that's a crime then I'm a criminal."