Ferdinand to stay with England

06 June 2010 05:38

Injured England skipper Rio Ferdinand is to stay with the squad at least until their World Cup opener against the United States on Saturday.

Ferdinand has been forced to withdraw from the tournament after suffering a knee ligament injury in training on Friday - barely 24 hours after arriving in South Africa.

But the Manchester United central defender will be supporting his team-mates when they do battle with the USA in Rustenburg.

It is unclear at this stage whether Ferdinand will eventually return to England or if he intends to remain with the squad for an elongated period.

Another injured player, David Beckham, is assisting Fabio Capello during the tournament although he is not engaged in any official coaching capacity.

Beckham has been seen on the training pitches at England's Bafokeng headquarters and also watched the USA defeat Australia 3-1 in Saturday's friendly international in Johannesburg.

Source: PA