Ferdinand was not picked and instead John Terry is going, much to the chagrin of the nation.
“You can’t say [for] football reasons, Rio Ferdinand shouldn’t be going. Because he’s experienced, he knows how to play football, an excellent defender, he’s done fantastic for his club and country, especially in the last, say three months. I can’t believe it.
“He’s played the last 10, 12 games for Manchester United, he’s played excellent, he’s fit as a fiddle … You need the most experienced players at the tournament.
“He knows his way around all these tournaments. You need people like that. You need characters like that. When it comes to those tough games, and you need that experience, you’re not going to have it.”