England: Rio Ferdinand expected to be left out of Euro 2012 squad
NEW England manager Roy Hodgson is expected to leave Rio Ferdinand out of his squad for Euro 2012, when the 23-man squad is named today.
The 33-year-old defender has not played for the national side since the 2-2 draw with Switzerland in June last year.
The BBC are today reporting the Manchester United player will be left out, meanwhile fellow defender Kyle Walker will miss out through injury.
It is understood Chelsea defender John Terry, who was stripped of the captaincy for a second time in February, will be included.
Former England captain Ferdinand has been hampered by back problems in recent years.
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Meanwhile an additional ongoing issue with Terry has complicated his situation.
Chelsea defender Terry lost the England captaincy in February after allegations he racially abused Ferdinand’s brother, QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
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He denies the charges and is scheduled to stand trial in July.
The squad will head to Norway for Hodgson’s first game in charge on May 26 before their final warm-up friendly against Belgium at Wembley on June 2.
England kick off their Euro 2012 campaign against France on June 11 and will face Sweden and Ukraine in the group stage.