For all Ferdinand’s disappointment, he remains a passionate England fan and will be cheering on Roy Hodgson’s men from his sofa.
He told The Sun: “I will be watching every game and I want the lads to do well.
“Just because I’m not there don’t think I want them to fail. That’s ridiculous — I’m not bitter.
“I know a lot of the boys and I know how much they want to succeed.
“I’ve been chatting to some of the United lads and they are confident of going a long way in the tournament.
“We have a lot of good players and it won’t do us any harm that expectations aren’t that high.
“For once there are no outside pressures, the pressure is coming from within themselves.
“From what I’ve seen in the two friendlies, the manager has them well organised and they are going to be difficult to beat. For me that’s a very good starting point.”