Honorable Mention: Scott Dann (Blackburn)
Following the exit of Fabio Capello, Hodgson had a golden opportunity to put his stamp on English football.
By picking Chelsea's John Terry and dropping Ferdinand he missed that chance.
Instead, he waded deeper into the murky waters which drowned his predecessor.
National teams do not have the benefit of playing together as regularly as clubs. They spend a short amount of time together yet are expected to gel almost immediately for the big tournaments.
Thus, things like atmosphere, positivity and unity are often every bit as important as quality.
Further, with Terry the excuse that he is on the team for 'footballing reasons' is even more flimsy given past infractions.
This is a player who has had the Captain's armband removed not once but twice for bad behavior.
At some point England should send a message and move on. No one is bigger than the badge and class does matter.