Euro 2012: France’s Evra surprised at England’s omission of Ferdinand

France defender Patrice Evra says it was a surprise to see Roy Hodgson's exclude Rio Ferdinand from his Euro 2012 squad

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Patrice Evra has won four Premier League titles with Manchester United Photo: The Sport Review

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Patrice Evra admits it was a “surprise” to see Rio Ferdinand left out of the England squad ahead of France’s Euro 2012 opener against Roy Hodgson’s side on Monday.

The French left-back has been a mainstay alongside the 33-year-old in the Manchester United defence and believes Ferdinand is still good enough to perform at international level.

“I am really surprised Rio isn’t playing,” Evra told the Sun. “He’s a big, strong player and I just don’t know what is happening.

“Maybe Rio has every reason to feel disappointed. Maybe the manager has good reasons but it’s good for France that he is not playing.

“I’m really disappointed for him because he is a good player. I will text him in the next few days to see how he is feeling.”

Evra does not believe Hodgson’s appointment in May will have a negative effect on England after Fabio Capello resigned as the national side’s manager earlier in the year.

The United defender pointed to Chelsea’s Champions League success under Roberto Di Matteo and claims England could produce a similar style of victory in Poland and Ukraine.

“I respect every player in that England squad. A lot of people say that maybe the new manager doesn’t know the players well enough but take the example of Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea,” Evra added.

“He came in and won the Champions League. England have not won anything for a long time but they will be ready and will fight hard.

“I don’t really look at the players missing and injured because they will be replaced by very good players.”

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