Rio Ferdinand will be named new England captain after John Terry is sacked

05 February 2010 04:47
Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand will be named as the new England captain following the sacking of John Terry.

Steven Gerrard will be the vice-captain for England's World Cup campaign in South Africa.

Ferdinand made his England debut in 1997, and  played for his country at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

New captain: Ferdinand

He hasn't been a stranger to controversy himself, and was bannedfrom the game for eight months in 2004 for missing a drugs test.

Fabio Capello met with Terry for only 12 minutes at Wembley, makingthe decision to sack the Chelsea defender as his captain in this WorldCup year.

Terry released a short statement, which read: 'I fully respect Fabio Capello's decision.

'I will continue to give everything for England.'

New leader: Ferdinand in action against Ukraine in October

Capello said: 'After much thought, I have made the decision that itwill be best for me to take the captaincy away from John Terry.

'As a captain with the team, John Terry has displayed extremelypositive behaviour. However, I have to take into account otherconsiderations and what is best for all of the England squad.

Way back then: Ferdinand on his debut for England against Cameroon in 1997

'What is best for all of the England team has inspired my choice. John Terry was notified first.

'When I chose John Terry as captain, I also selected a vice-captainand also named a third choice. There is no reason to change thisdecision.

Sacked: John Terry was stripped of the England captaincy after a 12 minute meeting with Fabio Capello

'I would like to take this opportunity to thank The FA, particularlyLord David Triesman and Ian Watmore for allowing me to make thisdecision in my own time and in the best interest of the team.'

Case for the defence: Ferdinand and Terry at an England training session in 2005

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Source: Daily_Mail