Cristiano Ronaldo believes England coach Roy Hodgson has made a fundamental error by not including Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand in his squad for Euro 2012.
Ferdinand was the headline omission when Hodgson announced his 23 players last week, with the former West Brom manager instead favouring John Terry amid suggestions of a strained relationship between the pair.
Terry will make a court appearance shortly after the European Championships accused of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother and Queens Park Rangers defender Anton - an allegation the Chelsea captain denies.
Hodgson has dismissed claims that this had any influence over his though process when selecting his squad, and attributed his decision to omit Ferdinand to purely footballing reasons.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, can't quite comprehend that his former Old Trafford teammate will not join the rest of the England team en route to Poland and Ukraine next month, and feels the Three Lions' chances of success will be damaged as a result.
“Maybe the coach has justifications and we have to respect those," the Real Madrid star told The Sun.
“But I have to be honest, I love Rio.
“He’s a great player, great man and he should be in the national team because he would help England do well... maybe to win the tournament.”