RIO Ferdinand has been left out of the England squad for the finals of Euro 2012 and is expected to retire from international football.
New England manager Roy Hodgson also omitted strikers Peter Crouch and Darren Bent, controversially opting to call up Liverpool striker Andy Carroll instead, despite the 23-year-old's mixed form over the season.
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich).
Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton).
Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City).
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham).
Standby players: Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).
Chelsea players involved in Saturday's Champions League final in Munich will be given more days off while the rest of the squad will probably convene at Arsenal's training complex ahead of the friendly away to Norway a week on Saturday.
Ferdinand received a phone call on Tuesday afternoon from Hodgson informing him of the decision.
Hodgson is also understood to have visited the Chelsea training ground on Tuesday morning to speak to the four England players: Terry, Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole.
Ferdinand, 33, who last played for England in the 2-2 draw with Switzerland in June of last year, will now concentrate on extending his career at Old Trafford but is bitterly disappointed at missing out on one last major championship for his country.
He has suffered from bad luck, having been named captain for the 2010 World Cup finals after Terry was stripped of the armband, for the first time, only to get injured on day one of training in South Africa and having to return home before the tournament started.
He will never get to play in the Euros. He was not selected in 2000, was banned in 2004, England did not qualify in 2008 and he is now dropped for 2012.