England manager Roy Hodgson has the full backing of the Football Association over his decision to overlook Rio Ferdinand for Euro 2012.
A row has been rumbling ever since 16th May when the Manchester United centre-back was first left out of the Three Lions' 23-man squad for this summer's tournament.
Ahead of England's opening Euro 2012 game against France on Monday, the controversy has centred around Hodgson's explanation of 'football reasons' for snubbing former England captain Ferdinand.
Critics of the England manager believe the decision is because of the presence of John Terry, who is in July to stand trial for allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton. Terry denies the accusations.
Suspicion regarding Ferdinand's snub has increased after he was again overlooked as a late call-up despite England being struck down by several injury withdrawals, including Gary Cahill.
But the FA fully backs Hodgson's decisions, with Club England managing director Adrian Bevington telling Sky Sports News: "They (England managers) have to make judgement calls.
"Roy has made the call. We will always support our manager. But we do so respecting any individuals who are excluded from the squad."
Hodgson and the FA have been accused of a lack of respect by Ferdinand's representative, Jamie Moralee, but Bevington does not want to be drawn into any argument.
"I don't think it is really right for me to begin responding to any comments from any player's representative," he said.
"All I can talk about is the facts I have. I have a great deal of respect for Rio. And I know that I speak on behalf of the organisation and Roy in that regard as well."
After Gary Cahill's injury, should Rio Ferdinand have been called up for Euro 2012?