Anton plays down Rio exile

07 June 2012 11:46

Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand has refused to add his voice to the growing protest against older brother Rio's omission from England's Euro 2012 squad.

Rio Ferdinand reacted angrily on Sunday when he learned he had been over-looked again by Hodgson, who called up Liverpool's inexperienced Martin Kelly instead of the United centre-back after Gary Cahill was forced to withdraw from the squad with a fractured jaw.

However he has promised to support England in the tournament and Anton, speaking to ITV's Daybreak breakfast television programme, said Thursday: "Things happen in football.

"It's a game of ups and downs. I am sure he'd like to be there but sadly it didn't happen this time.

"But we move on and, like he said, he's going to follow them from somewhere else and, as a family and as a community, we're going to do that."

Source: AFP