Downing - Players ignore Rio row
Stewart Downing insists the England players have not been getting involved in the row over Rio Ferdinand's exclusion from Euro 2012
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Last Updated: 07/06/12 5:01pm
Stewart Downing insists the England players have not been getting involved in the row over Rio Ferdinand's exclusion from the squad for Euro 2012.
Manchester United defender Ferdinand, who was left out of the original 23-man squad, was again overlooked following Gary Cahill's withdrawal with Liverpool's Martin Kelly being called up instead.
Ferdinand's representative accused the Football Association and Hodgson of showing the former England captain a 'total lack of respect', while FA chairman David Bernstein insisted upon England's arrival in Poland on Wednesday that all talk on Ferdinand was strictly 'off limits'.
Asked if players were discussing the exclusion of Ferdinand, Downing said "No, certainly not.
"Whoever gets picked, whoever the manager picks, we just get on with.
"I just concentrate on my own job in the team and why I am here and I am sure the other players are like that
"I think it has obviously been built up, but players just get on with it."