Ferdinand paranoid on England career

Updated: Jun 09, 2012, 16:30 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

London: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said he fears his England career is over after being dropped from the Engalnd squad for Euro 2012 by manager Roy Hodgson.

The Manchester United defender has 81 caps for England. His last major tournament finals were the 2006 World Cup. He intends to play for England until he stops playing altogether.

Expressing his disappointment over his Euro 2012 snub, he told The Sun, "You would have to say it might be over with England for me. If I`m not getting picked now, especially when people are out injured, then it`s unlikely I will be picked again."

Ferdinand was left out of Hodgson`s original 23-man squad in what the manager said was a "footballing decision".

He was again snubbed when Gary Cahill was ruled out with a broken jaw, Hodgson calling up Liverpool right back Martin Kelly instead.

His last England cap came in June 2011 and has been plagued with injuries ever since.

Critics however are of the opinion that Ferdinand was dropped because of tensions with his teammate John Terry, who has been selected but faces a court case next month after being charged with racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton.