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Keane left the station this week to concentrate on his coaching commitments

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France 1 England 1: Lescott on target as Hodgson's England make impressive start to Euro 2012 with hard-earned 1-1 draw against France

<b>Rio Ferdinand</b><br/> The 33-year-old Manchester United defender defender was left out of Roy Hodgson’s first England squad. Ferdinand's omission has ended the possibility of Hodgson playing him alongside John Terry. Hodgson dismissed speculation that his selection was affected by potential squad disharmony: “I selected John Terry for footballing reasons and I left out Rio Ferdinand for footballing reasons.”

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June 7, 2012: France's national soccer team midfielder Franck Ribery is seen in a sauna at the team's training center in Kircha, on the eve of the Euro 2012 football championships opening match on.

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Hodgson on not taking Ferdinand: 'I had to be convinced that, if I was going to take Rio, he'd be one of the first names on the teamsheet. I couldn't be convinced that would be the case.'

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<b>Rio Ferdinand</b><br/> The 33-year-old Manchester United defender defender was left out of Roy Hodgson’s first England squad. Ferdinand's omission has ended the possibility of Hodgson playing him alongside John Terry. Hodgson dismissed speculation that his selection was affected by potential squad disharmony: “I selected John Terry for footballing reasons and I left out Rio Ferdinand for footballing reasons.”

Anton Ferdinand speaks out over brother Rio's England omission

QPR defender Anton Ferdinand has refused to join the condemnation of brother Rio's omission from England's Euro 2012 squad.

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Surely even the grumpiest republican struggled to begrudge the community spirit of these past few days. There is something moving when nations find a sense of togetherness, whatever the trigger. Yet one thing has been abundantly clear from the scenes we have witnessed: this country has changed irrevocably in 60 years. Look at the faces beneath the bunting. It is glaringly obvious we live in a multi-racial society.

<b>16 May 2012</b><br/>
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