New boss Roy Hodgson will stamp his authority on England’s 23-man squad with some high-profile casualties.

Peter Crouch, Micah Richards, Phil Jagielka and Kyle Walker will also miss out when the list is revealed today.

Asked last night if it was true that he was not in, Manchester United’s Ferdinand said: “Yes.”

There is better news for Andy Carroll, who is expected to be included.

Former skipper Terry’s hopes are improved by the absence of Everton defender Jagielka.

That is despite Terry’s bust-up with Anton Ferdinand which will see him face court in July.

Tottenham full-back Walker has an injured toe and the lack of defenders left to pick from leaves Terry in a much stronger position.

Liverpool striker Carroll looks set to get the nod ahead of Stoke star Crouch after an encouraging end to the season.

Hodgson yesterday called some players he was leaving out, although Stuart Pearce contacted Richards — who was ‘absolutely gutted’ at the news.

Ferdinand, 33, who played for United in a testimonial match last night, is now facing the end of his international career after 81 caps.

A distraught Ferdinand, veteran of four World Cups, was told by Hodgson he was being omitted in favour of younger players. Hodgson has a close relationship with Alex Ferguson and values his advice.

Fergie said this weekend: “You play something like a game every four days, Rio couldn’t do that.”

Hodgson met Chelsea players at 11am yesterday for one-to-ones with Terry, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard.

The boss cancelled next week’s warm-up trip to Spain as he wants to rest players before friendlies against Norway and Belgium.


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