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No divisions over Rio - Downing

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Stewart Downing insists the backlash against Rio Ferdinand's snub had not hurt the England's European Championship build-up as Laurent Blanc waded into the controversy.

Ferdinand's brother, Anton, also broke his silence on the matter before Blanc became the latest leading figure in the game to suggest the Manchester United defender was not left at home for "football reasons" ahead of Les Bleus' clash with England on Monday. But Liverpool winger Downing claimed it was not a topic of conversation at the team's Krakow base.

"Certainly not," he said. "Whoever the manager picks, we just get on with it. I just concentrate on my own game and why I am here. It has obviously been built up but players just get on with it."

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Stewart Downing
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