Singapore: Rio Ferdinand has warned England may have left themselves exposed in midfield at the World Cup by omitting Michael Carrick from their core squad for Brazil. (Also read: UK government writes off England's chance to reach knockout phase)
The former England captain, who announced his abrupt departure from Manchester United this week, also queried the decision to drop Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.
England coach Roy Hodgson this week listed Carrick among his seven stand-by players. His decision to omit Cole, in favour of Everton's Leighton Baines and Southampton's Luke Shaw, grabbed most attention. (Also read: Cautious England put faith in Wayne Rooney and youth)