Monday, March 21, 2011

Ferdinand to play on for England after losing captaincy

Rio Ferdinand is still available for England duty despite controversially losing the captaincy, according to a source close to the player.
BBC Sport revealed last week that boss Fabio Capello's decision to return it to John Terry had upset Ferdinand.
It was suggested the defender, who has a long-term injury, was appalled by Capello's off-hand treatment and considered his international future.
"Rio will never turn his back on England," the source said.
"He loves playing for his country and Fabio Capello cannot change that."
The Italian has confirmed that Terry will captain England in this weekend's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales, the friendly against Ghana next week, and beyond.
The Chelsea defender is due to hold a press conference alongside Capello on Friday.
The issue threatens to dominate the build-up to this Saturday's match in Cardiff and a first call-up for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis.
Ferdinand seemed to avoid meetings with Capello on both Wednesday and Saturday as the manager visited Old Trafford for matches against Marseille and Bolton.
Several members of the England squad are thought to be unhappy at the reinstatement of Terry after he was stripped of the role following allegations of an affair with a former girlfriend of ex-team-mate Wayne Bridge over a year ago.
At the time Capello vowed never to select Terry as captain again, but Ferdinand's injury problems have brought about a dramatic U-turn.

The squad must report to their Hertfordshire team base by 2000 GMT on Monday, and Capello will explain his reasons for the change of heart at a team meeting tomorrow morning.
Steven Gerrard has been relegated to England's third-choice captain after Terry's return but defender Glen Johnson says both his Liverpool team-mate and Ferdinand will accept Capello's decision
"Obviously, every player that wears the armband will be very proud. I'm sure they'll be disappointed to have not kept it, but it's football and I'm sure they won't beat themselves up about it too much," said Johnson.
"I'm sure they'll get on with it as good pros and carry on doing the good job that they do.
"Obviously you're going to be aware of situations but the players just go about their job in the same way regardless of who wears the armband.
"The lads will just go about their work as they usually do."
Johnson, who played alongside Terry at Chelsea before signing for Portsmouth in 2007, added that he does not expect to see any difference in the way the England defender goes about his job either.
"He's been a fantastic captain for Chelsea and for England and whether he wears the armband or not he'll be the same as he is normally," he said. 


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