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Euro 2012: Ronaldo shocked by Ferdinand exclusion

Ferdinand’s former teammate still rates the 33-year-old as England’s best centre half.

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CRISTIANO RONALDO HAS expressed his disbelief at Rio Ferdinand’s omission from the England squad for Euro 2012.

Leading up to Roy Hodgson’s announcement of his squad, debate focused on whether either of John Terry or Ferdinand would make the cut due the Chelsea captain facing charges of allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, the younger brother of the Manchester United star.

Hodgson opted to pick Terry and drop Ferdinand for the upcoming tournament, a decision that has been met with mixed views.

But Ronaldo is disappointed for his former United team-mate, and struggled to comprehend the new England manager’s decision.

Speaking at a Castrol event, the Real Madrid man said: “It surprised me a lot. I don’t understand why (Ferdinand was left out).

“He is still one of the best centre-backs in the world. I have to be honest, Rio is a great player, a great man, he should be there. He could help to make a good team for the tournament. But it’s the decision of the coach, and we have to respect it. I haven’t called him yet, but I will do.”

Although Ronaldo is adamant Ferdinand should be playing for England this summer, he does not feel Terry should have missed out either, adding that he believes the Chelsea captain is a great player. But the Portuguese superstar is under no illusions as to which one is better.

“You can’t compare them. Terry is a fantastic player too, and both should be at national team,” he said. “Rio especially, because Rio is England’s best centre-back for me.”

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