Ferdinand absent as Hodgson names squad
The Manchester United defender's name was missing from manager Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad when it was unveiled by the
Ferdinand's long-time central defensive partner John Terry was included and Hodgson sprang a couple of surprises, handing Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy their first call-ups.
Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland was among the list of five standby players, which also included Adam Johnson, Daniel Sturridge, Phil Jagielka and Jordan Henderson.
No captain was listed on the official squad list, although midfield trio Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Scott Parker are among the obvious candidates.
Carroll claims forward spot
Liverpool's Andy Carroll squeezed in thanks to his late season form surge and he is joined in the striking department by Danny Welbeck and Jermain Defoe, who has not started a competitive game for England since September 2010.
Hodgson had already indicated he would take Wayne Rooney, even though the United striker is suspended for the first two games of the tournament.
United midfielders Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick both missed out and Theo Walcott, Stewart Downing and Ashley Young were handed wide berths in addition to Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The 18-year-old has started just six Premier League games for Arsenal and interim manager Stuart Pearce opted against bringing the winger into his squad for the February friendly with the Netherlands.
However, he has taken advantage of Adam Johnson's failure to cement a place in Manchester City's drive for the title. It means, barring injury, Johnson misses out for a second time, having also been axed from Fabio Capello's provisional FIFA World Cup™ squad two years ago.
Micah Richards was not included, with Hodgson electing to select only seven orthodox defenders, including Phil Jones and Joleon Lescott, who are both capable of filling more than one position.
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United), John Ruddy (Norwich City)
Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton)
Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), James Milner (Manchester City)
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)