RIO Ferdinand has pulled out of the England squad after a hairdressing appointment mix-up.
Manager Roy Hodgson had hoped the central defender could have a quick trim, but Ferdinand insisted he has not had a deep root condition since October.
The England camp searched for a suitable boutique in San Marino but his trichologist ruled that his hair could not be treated correctly by local stylists.
Ferdinand said: My commitment to the national team is 100 per cent but you should see my split ends in the morning, I look like Ive headbutted a candyfloss machine.
Younger players like Sturridge or Walcott can bounce back from a ridiculous haircut within days but at my age Ive got to be careful. That advert with Joe Hart shows the devastating effects dandruff can have on your game.
Ferdinands England career has been plagued with cancellations due to chest waxing, unforeseen manicures and a disastrous eyebrow threading that sidelined him for over six months.
England captain Steven Gerrard said: All the lads wish Rio the best and hope the girl who normally does the shampooing isnt too rough with the water hose.
Ferdinand added: This summer Im going to Switzerland to have horse placenta massaged into my scalp.”