London: Rio Ferdinand's representative says England coach Roy Hodgson has shown the defender a lack of respect by repeatedly ignoring him for the European Championship.
After Gary Cahill was ruled out of Euro 2012 with a broken jaw, Hodgson selected Liverpool's Martin Kelly, who made his England debut in last week's win at Norway and has just 10 Premier League appearances for his club last term, while the experienced Ferdinand was able to withstand the rigours of being asked to play 11 matches for Manchester United between March 11 and May 13.
In response, Ferdinand tweeted: "What reasons?????!!!" That was clearly a reference to the "football reasons" given by the FA as the reason for leaving the centreback out of the squad for Euro 2012.
Manchester United's Ferdinand has 81 caps and Ferdinand's representative Jamie Moralee said "to treat a player that has captained and served his country 81 times [in this manner] is nothing short of disgraceful. Total lack of respect from Hodgson and the FA."
Hodgson denied last month that Ferdinand wasn't in the initial 23-man squad over concerns he couldn't play with John Terry, who is facing trial for allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton, the Queens Park Rangers defender.
Moralee, who represents the Rio and Anton, told the Daily Telegraph: "Lampard, Terry, Barry, Gerrard: all ageing but they [were picked to] go to the tournament. Why is Rio different?