De Gea insists Ferdinand, 33, still has what it takes to play at the highest level and he cannot believe the England manager doesn't share his view.
De Gea said: "For me, Rio is one of the best central defenders in Europe. I don't believe that people cannot realise his level.
"He still has the quality to be one of England's star players.
"I am not Hodgson, but personally I would always have Rio Ferdinand on my list for England matches."