Cahill out of Euros; Ferdinand ire at England snub

England’s injury troubles deepened Sunday when defender Gary

Cahill was ruled out of the European Championship after fracturing

his jaw in the final warmup match against Belgium.

And veteran defender Rio Ferdinand appeared annoyed that he was

snubbed by coach Roy Hodgson as the inexperienced Martin Kelly took

Cahill’s place in the 23-man squad.

Cahill, the starting center back, is the third England player in

the last week to be ruled out of the tournament, following injuries

to midfielders Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry ahead of the June 11

opener against France.

But another central defender, John Terry, was given the all

clear by England’s medical staff following fears of a hamstring

injury after coming off during Saturday’s 1-0 victory, although he

will be re-assessed on Tuesday before the squad travels to its Euro

2012 base in Krakow, Poland.

Cahill was forced out with the injury in the first half at

Wembley Stadium on Saturday after being shoved into England

goalkeeper Joe Hart by Dries Mertens.

”The Chelsea defender has two fractures of his jaw, one either

side,” the Football Association said. ”The England medical team

have been in close contact overnight with Cahill’s club doctors who

will treat him moving forward.”

Kelly now returns to the squad to take Cahill’s place after

initially being a standby member, having only made his England

debut a week ago when he came on in the 87th minute of the 1-0

victory over Norway. He made 12 Premier League appearances for

Liverpool last season.

Hodgson overlooked Ferdinand, who is more experienced with 81

caps, although injuries and loss of form mean he hasn’t played for

England since last June.

”Lampard, Terry, Barry, (captain Steven) Gerrard; all ageing

but they go to the tournament,” said Jamie Moralee, Ferdinand’s

representative. ”Why is Rio different? 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 as far as I am concerned.”

Ferdinand indicated his annoyance himself on Twitter when he

wrote: ”What reasons?????!!!”

That appeared to be a reference to Hodgson insisting last month

that Ferdinand was not going to Euro 2012 for ”football reasons,”

and not due to fears over a potential conflict with Terry.

Terry is due to stand trial next month on a charge that he

racially abused Ferdinand’s brother, Queens Park Rangers defender

Anton Ferdinand, during a Premier League match in October. Terry,

who denies any wrongdoing, lost the England captaincy over the case

which led to Fabio Capello quitting as coach in February and

Hodgson taking charge last month.

Kelly’s inclusion means that more than a quarter of the 23-man

England squad play for Liverpool, with the six players only

managing to steer the club to eighth in the Premier League.