Man Utd defender Ferdinand: England axe cuts me deep

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.

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.”

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