Sunday, February 7, 2010

Ferdinand To Be Named England Captain

Rio Ferdinand is set to take over from John Terry who was stripped of the role by England boss Fabio Capello after allegations about his private life.

Ferdinand was named by Capello as the vice-captain in August 2008.

And although his promotion to captain is yet to be confirmed, Capello said on Friday after meeting Terry: "When I chose John Terry as captain, I also selected a vice-captain and also named a third choice. There is no reason to change this decision."

Terry met with Capello, 63, at Wembley to discuss allegations of an affair with the former girlfriend of England team-mate Wayne Bridge - also a former club-mate at Chelsea.

The manager said his decision to strip Terry of the captaincy was influenced by his decision to do "what is best for all of the England squad".

Ferdinand has already been England captain under the Italian during a period when Capello rotated the position in friendly matches before England's World Cup qualifiers.

Prior to wearing the armband in the 1-0 defeat to France in March 2008, Ferdinand said: "It is a fantastic honour and an achievement in itself. As a kid you grow up wanting to play for England and lead your country out and I've been given that honour of being able to fulfil those dreams."

The former Leeds and West Ham defender follows in a long line of Manchester United captains who have gone on to lead their country such as Gary Neville, David Beckham, Bryan Robson and Sir Bobby Charlton.

"It's great for Manchester United to have one of our players captaining England," said Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Over the years we've had Gary (Neville), Bobby Charlton and Bryan Robson for 60-odd games or something so we're very proud of that," added Ferguson.

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