LAST_UPDATETue, 15 May 2018 11am

Ferdinand Furious After Hodgson Tube Gaffe

Roy_Hodgson543LONDON: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is furious with England manager Roy Hodgson for his Tube gaffe - and believes their fall-out has become personal, reported Daily Mirror.

Hodgson eventually left an apology on voicemail for Ferdinand yesterday, and the centerback  is understood to have indicated to the FA that he is prepared to move on.

However, the incident led to Ferdinand fearing Hodgson has a personal issue with him because he believes the whole situation has been handled so badly.

Ferdinand was angry at Hodgson for what he regards as being disrespectful in telling train passengers he was not going to pick him for England.

Especially when he had not spoken to the player himself to explain why he had been frozen out since Hodgson took charge.

Ferdinand does not feel it has been handled well, bearing in mind it comes on the back of a highly ­sensitive race case involving his younger brother Anton and former England captain
John Terry.

But while Hodgson has publicly supported Terry, there have been no words even in private for Ferdinand despite the 33-year-old’s illustrious international career in which he won 81 caps.

Furthermore, Ferdinand was upset that Hodgson's assistant Gary Neville, a former United teammate, had used his position as a Sky pundit to hint heavily on Monday night during a show that his international career had been over.

Neville and the FA had insisted there would be no conflict of interest between the former England defender's dual role as media pundit and coach.

United are also understood to be sending Ferdinand a full transcript of Hodgson's press conference for newspapers at Wembley so he can see for himself what was said and the strength of his apology via the media.

The FA issued a statement this morning saying: “Roy has left a personal message on Rio’s voicemail as well as texts and calls to representatives apologising to him. We’ve had a ­confirmation back from his advisors that apology has been accepted.”

United boss  Alex Ferguson has already urged Ferdinand to call time on his international career to concentrate on his club form after a difficult start to the season.

But Ferdinand may now consider his future, but friends believe that he would still love to play for England no matter what happens.

However, Hodgson’s own goal to commuters means that is highly unlikely to happen again and even an apology may be too little too late.

- mD

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