"I think it's for footballing reasons and Roy has got four players now who can cover at centre-back. I think a right footer and a left footer in Terry and Lescott is a decent combination."
Former England international and Leeds United team-mate Danny Mills is also supporting Hodgson and believes there could be more to it all than meets the eye.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live he said: "What bugs me though is that we have had Rio's advisors making quotes but until we have heard from Rio Ferdinand himself we don't know exactly the conversations between Rio and Roy Hodgson.
"We don't know how or when he was told he was going to be left out of the squad.
"We don't know the state Rio is in. Where he is, whether he has gone on holiday and if he has done any work at all so I think it's really difficult to talk about and I think this is the issue with representatives making statements on behalf of players these days.
"If Rio has that big a problem then come out and speak yourself. He is an intelligent man and if he has got something to say I think Rio Ferdinand would come out and say it.
"You also have to remember that one of Hodgson's coaches is Gary Neville, who knows Rio incredibly well, so I am pretty sure Roy would have asked his opinion.
"To not invite Rio back into the squad, there must be deeper reasons for that."
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