Ferdinand pushes Lampard case

  • Last Updated: June 15 2014, 13:32 BST

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised national coach Roy Hodgson for not calling on Frank Lampard during Saturday night's World Cup defeat to Italy.

Frank Lampard: Played no part on Saturday night
Frank Lampard: Played no part on Saturday night

The out-of-contract Chelsea midfielder, 36, was an unused substitute as England began their Group D campaign with a 2-1 loss in Manaus.

Liverpool pair Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson were preferred in the deep-lying central midfield roles and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere came on for the latter, while Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley were the other substitutes deployed by Hodgson.

During a debate with his Twitter followers about England's attacking options, Ferdinand wrote: "Don't forget, Lampard is up there with the best finishers in the game....cold a*** finisher! Can't score sat on the bench all game though..."

Lampard is Chelsea's all-time record scorer with 211 goals and has found the net 29 times in 105 internationals.

Ferdinand, who is part of the BBC's presentation team in Brazil, also apologised after tweeting that England physio Gary Lewin should "man up" and carry on with his job after dislocating his ankle as the England bench celebrated Daniel Sturridge's equaliser during the game.

"Was only having a bit of banter but just found out that Gary Lewin's injury was serious so apologies for previous tweets on the injury. My bad," wrote Ferdinand.

Before that, he had asked: "Btw what the hell was the physio Gary Lewin up to??? Strap ya ankle up & stay out there, this is England ya wimp!!!!

"What happened to running it off??? The magic spray & sponge??? Our Physio Gary Lewin has to man up!!"