Hodgson holds hands up for Rio gaffe

ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson has apologised to Rio Ferdinand after details of his latest omission from the national squad were leaked following a conversation the 65-year-old had on the London underground when heading to Arsenal’s 3-1 Champions League victory over Olympiakos on Wednesday.

Hodgson yesterday announced his 25-man squad for the imminent World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland but even if it was a development that was already largely expected, the manager felt it wrong such news had emerged that way.

“I apologise to [Ferdinand],” said Hodgson. “There is no way I would indicate that I would not use a player in this way. I have tried to get in touch with Rio and I am disappointed that a stray conversation has been reported that way.”

England’s 25-man squad in full

■ Joe Hart
Manchester City

■ John Ruddy
Norwich City

■ Fraser Forster
Celtic

■ Glen Johnson
Liverpool

■ Kyle Walker
Tottenham Hotspur

■ Ashley Cole
Chelsea

■ Kieran Gibbs
Arsenal

■ Leighton Baines
Everton

■ Gary Cahill
Chelsea

■ Phil Jagielka
Everton

■ Joleon Lescott
Manchester City

■ Ryan Shawcross
Stoke City

■ James Milner
Manchester City

■ Aaron Lennon
Tottenham Hotspur

■ A Oxlade-Chamberlain
Arsenal

■ Steven Gerrard*
Liverpool

■ Michael Carrick
Manchester United

■ Frank Lampard
Chelsea

■ Tom Cleverley
Manchester United

■ Adam Johnson
Sunderland

■ Theo Walcott
Arsenal

■ Jermain Defoe
Tottenham Hotspur

■ Wayne Rooney
Manchester United

■ Danny Welbeck
Manchester United

■ Andy Carroll
West Ham United

*Steven Gerrard is the full England captain