'To say I'm gutted is an understatement' - Rio Ferdinand upset over Euro 2012 snub

The former captain tweets his thoughts about missing out on Roy Hodgson's squad for the Championships, with the manager insisting his decision was based on footballing reasons
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has admitted his is "gutted" to have been left out of England's Euro 2012 squad.

Ferdinand, who has 81 caps for England since making his debut in 1997, was not included in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad, but Chelsea captain and former England skipper John Terry was.

"Absolutely loved playing for England....to say I'm gutted is an understatement of the highest order," Ferdinand tweeted.

Hodgson insisted that the decision to leave the United man out of his squad had nothing to do with his relationship with Terry.

The Chelsea defender is due to stand trial over alleged racial abuse towards Ferdinand's brother Anton during the Blues' clash with QPR earlier this season.

But Hodgson told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that his decision was made on the back of recent performances.

"It was a hard phone call to make. It was based purely on football and nothing else. He is a man I respect. I had to make a football decision on the basis of what I have seen in recent months."