EURO 2012

Report: Ferdinand set to miss Euro 2012

Rio Ferdinand, England
The United defender has suffered long-standing back problems this past season.
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Rio Ferdinand is to be left out of England's Euro 2012 squad by new manager Roy Hodgson, sources told Sky Sports.

And Tottenham defender Kyle Walker is very unlikely to be on the plane to Poland and Ukraine this summer due to the toe injury he suffered on the final day of the English Premier League season.

Hodgson admitted when he was handed the reins earlier this month he would speak with both Manchester United centerback Ferdinand and John Terry before naming his 23-man party, with the squad confirmation scheduled for Wednesday.

Chelsea captain Terry is facing a July court case over accusations he racially abused Ferdinand's brother Anton during the Blues' Premier League defeat by QPR back in October. Terry has always denied the charges and maintained his innocence.

It was widely expected it would be tough for Hodgson to include both players in his plans given the obvious problems it could create within the camp.

Former England skipper Ferdinand, who has won 81 caps, has featured only sporadically for his country since suffering a knee injury on the eve of the 2010 World Cup which ruled him out of the tournament.


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The news will come as a blow to Ferdinand, who had declared his intention to make himself available this summer, with Hodgson believed to have contacted the Red Devils man earlier Tuesday.

And it is believed talented young Spurs defender Walker has been ruled out with a broken toe.

Walker seemed certain to be handed a squad berth after winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award this season.

There are further reports that Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has not made the cut, with Manchester City defender Micah Richards another facing further international disappointment, despite the absence of Walker.

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