Ferdinand still backing England at Euro 2012

The shunned Manchester United defender will still be cheering on the national side in Ukraine and Poland despite being overlooked for selection once more by new manager Roy Hodgson
Rio Ferdinand has reiterated his support for the England team, even though Martin Kelly was called up ahead of him to replace the injured Gary Cahill for Euro 2012.

The 33-year-old's camp initially reacted angrily, labeling it as a "total lack of respect", when the central defender was overlooked by manager Roy Hodgson ahead of the inexperienced Liverpool fullback for "footballing reasons".

However, despite the disappointment, Ferdinand claims he will still be rooting for the Three Lions as they approach their first game against France on June 11.

He tweeted: "Just so we dont get it twisted ere....i'll be in a pub somewhere supporting England this summer! Love the lads!"

This statement comes after a previous tweet which questioned the "footballing reasons" behind Hodgson's decision, with the former West Brom manager having chosen John Terry over the Manchester United defender during the first selection process for similar reasons.

However, many felt the main concern was about Ferdinand's ability to get along with Terry in light of the Chelsea defender's impending court case for alleged racist remarks to Ferdinand's brother Anton at Loftus Road in October.

Hodgson recently bemoaned losing his experienced players, such as Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry through injury, and now finds himself in an uncomfortable position of having to explain the reasons behind his most recent selection.

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