Joleon Lescott is 'gutted' to have seen Gary Cahill ruled out of Euro 2012 and believes the challenge that fractured his jaw was deserving of a red card.
Chelsea centre-half Cahill will play no part at this summer's European Championship after picking up an untimely injury in England's final pre-tournament friendly.
He lasted just 19 minutes of Saturday's Wembley date with Belgium on Saturday before being forced from the field.
Cahill collided with Joe Hart after being shoved in the back by Dries Mertens, leaving him with a double fracture of his jaw.
Lescott was summoned from the bench as his replacement and could have forced his way into contention for a starting berth at Euro 2012, but he admits that he would rather not have benefited from the misfortune of a colleague.
He feels for Cahill, who had been hoping to grace his first major international tournament, and believes tougher action should have been taken against Mertens - who has since apologised for his actions.
"Gutted to hear Gaz is ruled out," Lescott posted on his Twitter account.
"The challenge that caused it was more reckless and dangerous than most two-footed tackles so why only yellow."