Man Utd's Ferdinand has brought game into disrepute - Sir Dave Richards
The Manchester United defender received his first national team call-up since mid-2011 for Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino and Tuesday's clash with Montenegro before telling manager Roy Hodgson he would have to decline because it inhibited his specific training regime at club level.
Richards feels that Ferdinand has perhaps gone about this the wrong way by telling Hodgson he wanted to play before completing an about face just a day later.
"Rio has been a fantastic servant to England, and to one day say he's going to play and the next day (to say he isn't going to play), I think that does bring the game into a little bit of disrepute," he told Sky Sports News.
"Perhaps we need to learn a lesson and do a bit of checking first within the FA.