The shockwaves from Hodgson's latest snubbing of Manchester United star Ferdinand have reached England's Euro 2012 rivals, with the Dutch camp taken aback by the news.
Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart branded the decision "strange", adding: "It surprised me because I think he's still one of the best defenders in England, and maybe in the world.
"Of course, he's a little bit older now, but he's still fit and fresh and he played for Manchester United."
Wesley Sneijder, who was heavily linked with a move to United last summer, said: "I think it was a big surprise."
Defender Johnny Heitinga felt the same about Ferdinand's omission but backed Everton team-mate Phil Jagielka and Manchester City star Joleon Lescott to fill the void.
Heitinga said of Ferdinand's snub: "Yes, I'm quite surprised.
"But then, on the other hand, Phil Jagielka, my partner in the defence for Everton, is doing very well.
"Lescott is there as well so they've still got a few good centre-halves."
Ferdinand, who has 81 caps, was left out of Hodgson's original squad before being overlooked again when Gary Cahill was ruled out of the tournament through injury on Sunday, something that angered the United star's representatives.
Hodgson has said Ferdinand was omitted for "footballing reasons" and not because England defender John Terry is due to stand trial next month over a charge he racially abused Ferdinand's brother, Anton, something the Chelsea captain denies.
Hodgson was criticised for turning to rookie Liverpool duo Martin Kelly and Jordan Henderson after injuries struck instead of Manchester United stalwarts Ferdinand and Michael Carrick.
Dirk Kuyt, who has quit Anfield for Fenerbahce, defended the selection of his former team-mates.
"Roy Hodgson is the one who decides who he selects," Kuyt said.
"There's only one decision to make – he has to make the best possible team.
"I'm sure Martin Kelly and Henderson will help England moving forward."