England manager Roy Hodgson has issued an apology to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand over the way he dealt with his omission from his latest squad.
Ferdinand learned he was not going to be selected after Hodgson made some loose comments to a fellow passenger on the Tube heading to Arsenal's Champions League encounter with Olympiakos on Wednesday.
In addition to confirming the 33-year-old was not going to be selected for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, Hodgson also indicated Ferdinand's international career was over despite John Terry's retirement from England duty.
The words prefaced Hodgson's squad announcement on Thursday morning, in which there was no place for Ferdinand but a spot for Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, whose only previous call-up came under Fabio Capello in 2010.
Hodgson said: "I apologise to him (Ferdinand) and will apologise to him and there is no way I would indicate that I would not use a player in this way.
"I have tried to...