Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was sympathetic towards Roy Hodgson over the "difficult decision" the England boss faced regarding Rio Ferdinand's exclusion from his Euro 2012 squad.

Hodgson overlooked the 33-year-old Manchester United centre-back for his initial 23-man group for this summer's tournament, dismissing his absence as being for "footballing reasons", and then did so again on Sunday when he called up inexperienced Liverpool defender Martin Kelly in place of the injured Gary Cahill.

Many felt there were concerns about Ferdinand's ability to play with John Terry in light of Terry's impending court case for alleged racist remarks to Ferdinand's brother Anton. Terry denies the charge. Redknapp, who was widely tipped to succeed Fabio Capello before Hodgson took the role, told Sky Sports News: "I think it's a difficult decision for him."

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