Anton missed Lions chance
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Anton Ferdinand has revealed why he missed out on being on England's stand-by list.
Anton Ferdinand has revealed he had to turn down the opportunity of being on England's stand-by list for this summer's World Cup due to injury.
When Luke Young pulled out of Sven Goran Eriksson's stand-by list the Three Lions coach wanted the young West Ham defender to fill the void.
However, Eriksson did not know Ferdinand himself had just undergone a double hernia operation and opted to replace Young with Spurs' Michael Dawson.
"It was about a week after the FA Cup final and I was just sitting at home when my phone rung. It was Sven asking if I would like to join up with the squad on stand-by," Ferdinand told the club's official website.
"I was shocked at first. Unfortunately I had to say no because I'd had a double hernia operation the day before.
"Sven didn't know about that and said it was unfortunate, but wished me all the best for the future.
"It was a bit upsetting to think that having the operation cost me the chance of joining up with England."
Ferdinand, who impressed all with his displays for The Hammers last season, remains confident good club form will give him an opportunity at international level.
"Hopefully I will get my chance at international level in the future," he added.
"First and foremost, though, I've got to make sure I play well for West Ham because that is the only way I am going to get in the England squad next season."