Lady Gaga loves Rio Ferdiand: Pop siren shows her support for Manchester United star as Roy Hodgson omits defender from England squad

Going Gaga for Rio: He's been left out again by England boss Roy Hodgson, but is Lady G singing his praises on her latest tour

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11:49 GMT, 9 November 2012

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England boss Roy Hodgson may not be a fan but Rio Ferdinand seems to have Lady Gaga on his side.

The Manchester United defender, 34, was left out of Hodgson's squad for Euro 2012 due to 'footballing reasons' and hasn't got near an England squad since.

But pop siren, real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been pictured in Brazil going Gaga (geddit) for football and has been pictured showing her love for United's gifted centre half.

Gaga, 26, has been photogrphed waving from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony above a banner which read: 'I Love Rio'. There's a chance she may not have been referring to the 'Pele of Peckham', but Sportsmail would like to think she regularly tunes into Match Of The Day to catch Ferdinand in action for United.

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Rio's biggest fan Lady Gaga waves to her fans, while standing next to a banner that says 'I Love Rio' on the day Rio Ferdinand was omitted from another England squad

Rio's biggest fan Lady Gaga waves to her fans, while standing next to a banner that says 'I Love Rio' on the day Rio Ferdinand was omitted from another England squad

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Lady Gaga has some fun in Rio de Janeiro as she waves hello to her fans and blows them kisses from her hotel balcony, while standing next to a banner that says

Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012

Getting shirty: Gaga (left) shows off her Brazil strip. The popstar yesterday displayed her love for Rio on the day Ferdinand (right) was left out of England' squad to play Sweden next week

Kiss match: Gaga blows a smacker from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony

Kiss match: Gaga blows a smacker from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony

Many of her music fans claim she was actually professing her love for the city of Rio, but all became clear later when she put in a shift in the centre of defence during a street football match as she visited a slum.

Obviously modelling herself on Ferdinand, Gaga was pictured stroking the ball out of defence.

The singer, who is in Brazil to perform as part of her 'Born This Way Ball' world tour, let her hair down, showing off her new pale pink hairdo, even blowing kisses to former West Ham and Leeds defender Ferdinand.

Playing out of defence: Singer Lady Gaga plays football with local children at a slum in Rio de Janeiro yesterday

Playing out of defence: Singer Lady Gaga plays football with local children at a slum in Rio de Janeiro yesterday

Hodgson yesterday named his England squad for next week's friendly against Sweden. And again there was no place for Ferdinand.

The England manager, 65, instead selected Gary Cahill, Steven Caulker, Phil Jagielka, Ryan Shawcross as his four central defenders.

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No Rio fan: Hodgson (right) left Ferdinand outof his Euro 2012 squad for footballing reasons

No Rio fan: Hodgson (right) left Ferdinand outof his Euro 2012 squad for footballing reasons