Fabio Capello has admitted there was an immediate sense of shock when Rio Ferdinand suffered the injury that wrecked his World Cup.
The England captain has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury after he injured himself in a collision with Emile Heskey.
"It was a tackle and then there was big pain," confirmed Capello. "The other players were upset. They stopped training."
He added: "All the players who are here with me are important. But he is one of the starting players, the captain, a leader."