Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is excited by the collective spirit in England's camp that did not always exist when he was in the ranks.

Ferdinand, controversially left out of the Euro 2012 squad, has been impressed with the unity shown both on and off the pitch by Roy Hodgson's men in Poland and Ukraine.

The 33-year-old admitted that when he joined the England set-up - as a West Ham player in 1996 - cliques emerged between players of rival clubs. He told The Sun: "When I first started with England, players would sit in distinct groups."

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