Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is upset with the reaction from pundits over his England withdrawal yesterday. Ferdinand's decision drew a quick response from ex-players.

Former England captain Gary Lineker said on Twitter: "Strange way to bow out, but @rioferdy5 was a superb player for England, who always rose to the big occasion. Did his country proud."

Another former England striker, Stan Collymore, was less diplomatic.

He tweeted: "United, England fans aren't dummies. They know the score with this situation. Time for some balls and straight forward honesty."

Ferdinand responded: