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MASTERS 2013: Jose Maria Olazabal hits fan with ball on eighth hole of practice round

Ryder Cup winning captain Olazabal leaves spectator in bloody mess at Augusta after accidentally striking him with golf ball

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

16:06 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:28 GMT, 8 April 2013

A spectator was left with blood pouring from his head after he was struck by Jose Maria Olazabal's golf ball during the opening day of practice for this week's Masters.

Olazabal, the last European to don the Green Jacket back in 1999, accidentally struck the fan with his shot on the eighth hole at Augusta National.

The spectator fell to the ground clutching his head with his hand before being escorted away by medical staff.

Down and out: The fan was seen clutching his head after he was knocked to the ground

Down and out: The fan was seen clutching his head after he was knocked to the ground

Apology: Jose Maria Olazabal went to see the injured spectator on the eighth hole

Apology: Jose Maria Olazabal went to see the injured spectator on the eighth hole

Take cover: Medical staff are pictured attending to the bloody spectator on the opening day of practice

Take cover: Medical staff are pictured attending to the bloody spectator on the opening day of practice

Sign here: The Spaniard hands over his golf club with his signature to the injured fan

Sign here: The Spaniard hands over his golf club with his signature to the injured fan

Straight down the middle: Olazabal earlier in his round

Straight down the middle: Olazabal earlier in his round

Olazabal, who arrives in Georgia for
the first time since he won the Ryder Cup as European captain at Medinah
last year, attended to the fan handing him a signed glove.

The spectator received attention to the wound which was swiftly wrapped in a bandage.

Earlier, former Open champion Darren Clarke was forced to withdraw from this week's tournament through injury.

Clarke pulled a hamstring more than a
week ago while on holiday on the Bahamian island of Abaco and will miss
the season's first major championship, which gets under way on
Thursday.

'It is with deep regret that I will not be able to play at Augusta this year,' Clarke said on his official website.

'Playing in The Masters is one of golf's greatest pleasures and I am very disappointed to be missing out.'

Clarke pulled out of last week's
Valero Texas Open in the hope that further rest would speed his
recovery, but intensive treatment twice a day failed to have the
required results.

The 44-year-old Northern Irishman,
who missed the cut at Augusta last year on his first appearance since
2007, has yet to set a date for his return to action.

Cricket fan hit on head with ball in Dunedin – New Zealand v England

VIDEO: Knocked for six! Cricket fan is clobbered on the head as Kiwi openers punish lacklustre England

By
Joe Ridge

PUBLISHED:

11:45 GMT, 7 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:16 GMT, 7 March 2013

Just one six was hit on the second day of the first Test between New Zealand and England and Dunedin – but one poor lad wore it right on his temple.

Having skittled England out for a pitiful 167, Kiwi openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton had seen off the new ball and were just settling into their stride when Monty Panesar was brought into the attack by Alastair Cook.

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Clean hit: Hamish Rutherford launches Monty Panesar towards the long on boundary

Clean hit: Hamish Rutherford launches Monty Panesar towards the long on boundary

Incoming: Hamish Rutherford launches Monty Panesar towards the long on boundary

But while the watching public were waiting to see if the spinner could extract any turn from a decent pitch, one unlucky punter took his eye off the ball as the left-handed Rutherford sent the ball sailing over the long-on rope.

The ball clattered into the unsuspecting spectator's head but don't worry, he's OK, and he'll have it all on tape to look back on – once the swelling has gone down, of course.

Unsuspecting: The fan is seen chatting to friends just before the ball hits him

Unsuspecting: The fan is seen chatting to friends just before the ball hits him

Unsuspecting: The fan is seen chatting to friends just before the ball hits him

Stinger: The fan is in pain, but he's OK

Stinger: The fan is in pain, but he's OK

VIDEO: Watch fan get hit on the head by Hamish Rutherford six

Stumped! Cricket ball hits fan on the head

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Rory McIlroy"s girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki arrives in Australia with diamond encrusted ring

Woz that an engagement ring McIlroy's tennis star girlfriend Wozniacki arrives in Australia with a sparkling diamond encrusted ring

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11:31 GMT, 28 December 2012

Caroline Wozniacki touched down in Brisbane to begin her preparation for the Australian Open sporting an eye-catching diamond encrusted ring on her left hand, presumably from boyfriend Rory McIlroy.

The northern Irish golfer was by his girlfriend’s side as she practiced at the Queensland Tennis Centre ahead of the Brisbane International, which begins on Sunday.

Wozniacki said of boyfriend McIlroy at the airport: ‘He leaves me alone to just let me do my thing.’

Bling: Wozniacki shows off her ring

Bling: Wozniacki shows off her ring

Happy: The Dane was in a good mood as she arrived Down Under

Happy: The Dane was in a good mood as she arrived Down Under

McIlroy has had a year to remember as he won his second major title at the PGA Championship in August as well as claiming the world No 1 spot.

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Aussie Sam Stosur are also taking part in the Brisbane tournament with the first major of the year in Melbourne just weeks away.

Belarusian Victoria Azarenka is the reigning Australian Open champion after she thrashed Sharapova 6-3 6-0 in the final last year.

Spectator: McIlroy watches his girlfriend train

Spectator: McIlroy watches his girlfriend train

Going for glory: Wozniacki is preparing for the Brisbane International on Sunday in the lead up to the Australian Open

Going for glory: Wozniacki is preparing for the Brisbane International on Sunday in the lead up to the Australian Open

Roy Keane favourite to take over at Nottingham Forest as Sean O"Driscoll sacked after beating Leeds

Keane set to return at old club Forest to replace O'Driscoll after watching his final win over Leeds

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UPDATED:

08:31 GMT, 27 December 2012

Roy Keane is the frontrunner to become the new Nottingham Forest boss.

Sean O'Driscoll was rewarded for
Forest’s Boxing Day thrashing of Leeds with the sack, leaving the
Championship club looking for their fifth manager in four years.

The Kuwaiti owners, who appointed O’Driscoll in July, just 25 games ago, have decided that he is no longer the man for the job.

Next in line Roy Keane was in the stands as Forest routed Leeds

Next in line Roy Keane was in the stands as Forest routed Leeds

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Forest are one point off the
play-offs but that is not good enough for the Al Hasawi family, who may
now look to former City Ground favourite Keane.

Keane was a spectator as in-form
Leeds were put to the sword and is available for employment after his
failures at Ipswich and Sunderland.

Significantly,
the Al Hasawi family have targeted a manager with Premier League
experience and they have promised him money to buy players next month.

First name on the shopping list should be Billy Sharp, on loan from Southampton and scorer of two goals.

There was not much wrong with any
part of the Forest team against Leeds but getting it right on the day
was still not enough to save O’Driscoll.

When he looks back, nine draws
have probably cost him his job, especially after being allowed to bring
in 11 new players. His record reads: won nine; drawn nine; lost seven.

‘We cannot speak highly enough of
Sean as a man,’ said chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, before delivering his
damning verdict.

‘He was appointed at an extremely difficult time for
the club and can count himself unlucky to have lost his job with the
team just one point away from the top six.

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

‘But we have a responsibility to look
to the future for this great club because we have huge ambitions for
it. We knew when we bought the club in the summer that it would take
time for the players we bought to settle but that process has taken
longer than we anticipated.

‘We feel we have developed a really
strong squad of players but are still searching for consistency in terms
of team performance, underlined by the fact that we have not won more
than two games in succession in the Championship this season.

‘And with the January transfer window approaching, we feel it’s the right time to make a change.

‘We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience.’

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Halford, Cohen, Guedioura, Majewski, Reid, Sharp, Blackstock.
Subs: Darlow, Harding, Gillett, Moussi, McGugan, Cox, Lansbury.

Leeds: Kenny, /12/26/article-2253315-16A7E9C8000005DC-370_468x286.jpg” width=”468″ height=”286″ alt=”Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory” class=”blkBorder” />

Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory

Not even Leeds boss Neil Warnock
accusing Sharp of diving, under a challenge from Tom Lees, could
detract from an impressive win. But the Leeds boss tempered his
criticism by adding: ‘I don’t blame Billy at all. He always used to get
penalties for me at Sheffield United.

‘He’s going to go down poleaxed for
the penalty. Don’t give them a chance to dive because they are going to
dive and that was the only way they were going to get back into it.
We’ve been mugged. It’s professionalism. If you look at it in slow
motion the kid (Lees) breathes on him. The goal killed us before
half-time and then we were amateurish for seven minutes in the second
half.’

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

O’Driscoll countered: ‘Anybody who has seen Billy Sharp knows he’s not someone who dives.

‘We needed that win after the
disappointing performance at Watford. Billy was a bit under the weather
too but he’s made his name scoring goals.’

Forest went a goal down to Paul Green’s scruffy effort but were level just before half-time when Sharp scored the penalty.

Three goals in seven second-half
minutes by Sharp, a Rodolph Austin own goal and a Dexter Blackstock
header, gave Forest a deserved win. Not enough to save O’Driscoll,
though.

Nottingham Forest 4 Leeds 2: Sean O"Driscoll sacked

Nottingham Forest 4 Leeds 2: O'Driscoll sacked despite thumping Boxing Day win

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 26 December 2012


Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Sean O'Driscoll was rewarded for
Forest’s Boxing Day thrashing of Leeds with the sack, leaving the
Championship club looking for their fifth manager in four years.

The Kuwaiti owners, who appointed O’Driscoll in July, just 25 games ago, have decided that he is no longer the man for the job.

Forest are one point off the play-offs but that is not good enough for the Al Hasawi family, who may now look to former City Ground favourite Roy Keane.

Keane was a spectator as in-form
Leeds were put to the sword and is available for employment after his
failures at Ipswich and Sunderland.

Significantly,
the Al Hasawi family have targeted a manager with Premier League
experience and they have promised him money to buy players next month.

First name on the shopping list should be Billy Sharp, on loan from Southampton and scorer of two goals.

Roy Keane watched Nottingham Forest's 4-2 win over Leeds. The former Sunderland and Ipswich manager could be in the frame to take over at the City Ground following the sacking of Sean O'Driscoll
Is Roy Keane to take over

Roy Keane watched Nottingham Forest's 4-2 win over Leeds. The former Sunderland and Ipswich manager could be in the frame to take over at the City Ground following the sacking of Sean O'Driscoll.

There was not much wrong with any
part of the Forest team against Leeds but getting it right on the day
was still not enough to save O’Driscoll. When he looks back, nine draws
have probably cost him his job, especially after being allowed to bring
in 11 new players. His record reads: won nine; drawn nine; lost seven.

‘We cannot speak highly enough of
Sean as a man,’ said chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, before delivering his
damning verdict. ‘He was appointed at an extremely difficult time for
the club and can count himself unlucky to have lost his job with the
team just one point away from the top six.

‘But we have a responsibility to look
to the future for this great club because we have huge ambitions for
it. We knew when we bought the club in the summer that it would take
time for the players we bought to settle but that process has taken
longer than we anticipated.

‘We feel we have developed a really
strong squad of players but are still searching for consistency in terms
of team performance, underlined by the fact that we have not won more
than two games in succession in the Championship this season.

‘And with the January transfer window approaching, we feel it’s the right time to make a change.

‘We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience.’

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

Hotshot: Sharp's double proved the difference in Forest's victory

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Spot on: Sharp's penalty brought Forest level

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Halford, Cohen, Guedioura, Majewski, Reid, Sharp, Blackstock.
Subs: Darlow, Harding, Gillett, Moussi, McGugan, Cox, Lansbury.

Leeds: Kenny, /12/26/article-2253315-16A7E9C8000005DC-370_468x286.jpg” width=”468″ height=”286″ alt=”Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory” class=”blkBorder” />

Agony: Leeds players saw Forest overtake them in the Championship table with victory

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

Ecstacy: Forest are well-placed to challenge for promotion in the New Year

Not even Leeds boss Neil Warnock
accusing Sharp of diving, under a challenge from Tom Lees, could
detract from an impressive win. But the Leeds boss tempered his
criticism by adding: ‘I don’t blame Billy at all. He always used to get
penalties for me at Sheffield United.

‘He’s going to go down poleaxed for
the penalty. Don’t give them a chance to dive because they are going to
dive and that was the only way they were going to get back into it.
We’ve been mugged. It’s professionalism. If you look at it in slow
motion the kid (Lees) breathes on him. The goal killed us before
half-time and then we were amateurish for seven minutes in the second
half.’

O’Driscoll countered: ‘Anybody who has seen Billy Sharp knows he’s not someone who dives.

‘We needed that win after the
disappointing performance at Watford. Billy was a bit under the weather
too but he’s made his name scoring goals.’

Forest went a goal down to Paul Green’s scruffy effort but were level just before half-time when Sharp scored the penalty.

Three goals in seven second-half
minutes by Sharp, a Rodolph Austin own goal and a Dexter Blackstock
header, gave Forest a deserved win. Not enough to save O’Driscoll,
though.

Liverpool fans back resignation of top Hillsborough cop Sir Norman Bettison

Liverpool fans back resignation of top Hillsborough officer who criticised fans after tragedy

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UPDATED:

21:09 GMT, 4 October 2012

Resigned: Sir Norman Bettison

Resigned: Sir Norman Bettison

The families of Hillsborough victims
have welcomed the resignation of a top police officer who criticised
Liverpool fans in the wake of the tragedy.

Sir Norman Bettison, then a South
Yorkshire Police chief inspector, sparked fury in 1989 when he said
supporters made policing 'harder than it needed to be'.

Now the Chief Constable of West
Yorkshire Police, he announced he will step down in March next year amid
an investigation by the police watchdog.

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the
Hillsborough Families Support Group, said: 'Obviously I'm very, very
pleased. I'm absolutely delighted that he's going.

'But then he'll be going on his full
pension, and I'd like to know the full reasons why he's choosing to
retire as soon as this.'

A complaint was made to the
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that Bettison – who was
off duty on April 15 1989 and went to the match in Sheffield as a
spectator – had supplied misleading information after the disaster.

The IPCC also said there was a second element to the referral, which related to a statement the officer made last month following the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James died in the tragedy, said: 'Why didn't he stay, then, until the IPCC came out with their investigation

'But he's decided to leave. I'm not arguing against it, because I'm thrilled that he is going, but if he's got nothing to hide, why is he retiring

Support: Liverpool fans hold up a mosiac spelling out 'justice' and 'the truth'

Support: Liverpool fans hold up a mosiac spelling out 'justice' and 'the truth' after report findings

'The man has got something to worry about.'

There were calls for Bettison to resign after his comments about the behaviour of Liverpool fans in 1989, but he responded with an apology and said his role was never to 'besmirch' the fans and added that the Liverpool supporters were in no way to blame for the disaster.

Later, he was involved in an internal inquiry held by the force in the aftermath of the tragedy.

He has denied any wrongdoing in relation to the disaster.

Questions about Bettison's role in the investigation of the tragedy have dogged him as he has risen through the higher ranks of the police – most notably when there were protests from the families of those who died when he became Chief Constable of Merseyside in 1998.

Bettison said in a statement: 'Recent weeks have caused me to reflect on what is best for the future of policing in West Yorkshire and I have now decided to set a firm date for my retirement of 31 March 2013.'

In a message posted on the West Yorkshire Police website, Bettison said he hoped his departure would assist the IPCC in its inquiry.

Tragic: Liverpool fans try to get away from the crush

Tragic: Liverpool fans try to get away from the crush

'I hope it will enable the Independent Police Complaints Commission to fully investigate allegations that have been raised about my integrity. They need to be fairly and fully investigated and I welcome this independent and formal scrutiny,' he said.

The damning report on the Hillsborough disaster laid bare a shocking cover-up which attempted to shift the blame on to its 96 victims.

The inquiry found that 164 police statements were altered, 116 of them to remove or alter 'unfavourable' comments about the policing of the match and the unfolding disaster.

Bettison previously defended his role in the aftermath of the tragedy, saying: 'I never altered a statement nor asked for one to be altered.'

He also said: 'I really welcome the disclosure of all the facts that can be known about the Hillsborough tragedy because I have absolutely nothing to hide.'

Anne Williams, whose 15-year-old son Kevin died on the Leppings Lane terrace, said the findings of the recent report left Sir Norman with no choice but to retire.

She said: 'I think the whole lot of them who have been involved for these 23 years should all go for the hurt that they have caused us for 23 years.

“I don't think he would have retired if it wasn't for the Hillsborough report.'

Trevor Hicks, who lost his two daughters, 19-year-old Sarah and 15-year-old Victoria, told ITV News: 'I'm glad he's realised his position is untenable. However, I'm determined that he does not escape his just desserts and I will make sure he's stripped of his knighthood.

'He should leave with nothing, like he tried to leave the families.'

London 2012 Olympics 100m bottle incident: Arrest made

Arrest made after bottle thrown on to 100m track just before Bolt's bid for glory

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UPDATED:

00:17 GMT, 6 August 2012

A man has been arrested after a bottle was thrown on to the track at the start of the men's 100m final at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday night.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a man had been heard shouting abuse and was then seen throwing a bottle immediately before the race, won by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

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Incident: The bottle, in the red ring, was thrown onto the track

Incident: The bottle, in the red ring, was thrown onto the track

Speaking after the race, United States
sprinter Justin Gatlin, who won bronze, said: 'It was a little
distraction and I didn't know what it was.

'But when you're in those blocks and the whole stadium's quiet you can hear a pin drop.'

Bolt told reporters he had been unaware of the incident.

He added: 'No, I keep hearing that. I don't know who would have done that.'

Disturbance: Justin Gatlin says he heard the bottle but it didn't put him off

Disturbance: Justin Gatlin says he heard the bottle but it didn't put him off

Fellow Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake,
who claimed silver, said: 'I was so focused I didn't see anything. I was
so focused on just running to the line.'

Edith Bosch, Holland's world judo champion, claimed on Twitter that she had 'beaten' the person who had thrown the bottle.

She said: 'A drunken spectator threw a bottle onto the track! I HAVE BEATEN HIM …. unbelievable.'

Nobody was injured during the incident and the event was not disrupted, police said.

Not standing for it: Edith Bosch claims to have hit the man who threw the bottle

Not standing for it: Edith Bosch claims to have hit the man who threw the bottle

Simply the best: Usain Bolt crosses the finishing line to win gold in the men's 100 metres final

Simply the best: Usain Bolt crosses the finishing line to win gold in the men's 100 metres final

The suspect is being held in police custody at an east London police station on suspicion of causing a public nuisance.

Gatlin said the incident had not
affected the race: 'You just have to block it out and go out there and
do what you got to do. You can't complains about that, the race went on
and it was a great race.'

More to follow.

The Open 2012: Tiger Woods triumphs after tantrum

Tiger triumphs after tantrum and gives himself a big chance of victory at Lytham

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UPDATED:

20:39 GMT, 20 July 2012

Tiger Woods's Open looks set for lift-off after Friday's 67, which finished with a chip in from a bunker on the 18th.

But his round wasn’t without controversy after he complained of fans taking photographs on the front nine and was then heard uttering an obscenity on the 11th tee.

In the hunt: Woods walks to the 11th tee during his second round

In the hunt: Woods walks to the 11th tee during his second round

The three-time Open champion heads into today’s round in third position on six under par. But he was chastised by a spectator after uttering the words 'm****r f****r' after pushing his drive into the rough on the par-five 11th.

Unhappy: Woods reacts to a poor shot on the seventh hole

Unhappy: Woods reacts to a poor shot on the seventh hole

With young children present on the crowded tee, one fan was heard to say as Woods headed down the fairway: ‘That’s charming with children around.’

Friday's incident was not picked up by TV but was witnessed by Sportsmail.

Earlier in the round, Woods had
become annoyed by spectators taking photos on their phones, something
that they are expressly forbidden to do.

In
terms of his golf, the bogey Woods eventually made on the 11th was the
only one of an otherwise excellent round in the best of the conditions.

On
his round, the 36-year-old said: 'I’m right there in the mix and it’s
going to be a great weekend. I am very pleased with where I am.'

Qatar World Cup 2022 matches could be played at night

World Cup 2022 matches should be played at night to avoid Qatar heat, says FIFA chief Boyce

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 6 July 2012

FIFA should consider playing World Cup matches late at night at Qatar 2022 in order to avoid the extreme heat, says FIFA British vice-president Jim Boyce.

‘We should look at anything that will improve spectator and player comfort,’ said Boyce.

The organisation has come in for criticism for awarding the World Cup to Qatar despite the various problems which will come with it.

Suggestion: FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce (left) with Michel Platini

Suggestion: FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce (left) with Michel Platini

Euro 2012: Rio Ferdinand blasts Roy Hodgson England performance

Roy may have ignored Pirlo too! Axed Rio hits out at Hodgson's Euro management

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UPDATED:

06:26 GMT, 27 June 2012

Snubbed Rio Ferdinand has lambasted Roy Hodgson's management at Euro 2012, claiming the England boss underused his younger players and was too defensive in his tactics.

The 33-year-old defender, who was overlooked by Hodgson for his his squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, hit out insisting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones deserved to be given more game time.

He also criticised Hodgson's choice of formation, and questioned whether Andrea Pirlo, the Italy playmaker who was instrumental in England's quarter-final exit, would even have been selected for the Three Lions squad.

Under-fire: Axed defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised England manager Roy Hodgson

Under-fire: Axed defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised England manager Roy Hodgson

He told The Sun: 'I am a fan of The Ox and I wanted to see more of him but in the end he finished up as a spectator.

'Phil Jones is one of the most adaptable players we have in our country and where was he

'When we need to take the ball from midfield, run 40 yards with it and put the other team on the back foot, he is the man for the job.

'Instead, we stayed cautious and Jordan Henderson was used instead.

'That's not a criticism of Jordan, he is a different player to Phil, but I thought it showed we were being too conservative.'

Since England's exit, Hodgson has talked about getting more young players into the team for the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.

Ignored: Ferdinand believes Phil Jones should have had game time at the Euros

Wasted: Ferdinand wanted to see more of Oxlade-Chamberlain

Ignored: Ferdinand believes Jones and Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) were under-used

Ferdinand said: 'I'm reading a lot of stuff about how it's time to get the youngsters in and all of that but you only find out if they can do it when you throw them in there.

'What did we learn about Alex and Phil at this tournament

'Do we know how much influence Alex can have on a game in a finals

'He did fairly well against France, so why not persist with him and let him grow into it

'As for Phil, we will now have to wait until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, provided we qualify, to see how good he can be at the highest level. Expectations were low so the manager had a free shot to find out about our youngsters and I feel it was a missed opportunity.'

Ferdinand was impressed by the performance of Pirlo, but added: 'If Pirlo was English would he have made the squad let alone been on the pitch

Italian job: Ferdinand has questioned whether a player of Andrea Prilo's quality would have got a look in by Hodgson if he was English

Italian job: Ferdinand has questioned whether a player of Andrea Prilo's quality would have got a look in by Hodgson if he was English

'I don't know as his qualities may have been overlooked… not by just the current manager but maybe those before him too.'

One England player who impressed Ferdinand was his Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck.

'The only time we really kept the ball properly was when Danny Welbeck dropped short to collect it and linked the play,' he said.

'But, usually, he was having to stay up and wasn't allowed to drop too much because we had set out a certain way with a 4-4-2 which didn't offer a great deal of flexibility.'

He added: 'It's okay saying we were very good defensively and hard to beat but if you set out to be defensive then that's your first priority.

'I'd love to see us running at other teams. I want to see Alex and Theo and Adam Johnson, who I thought should have gone too, causing problems instead of worrying about covering back as the first thought.'