Rio retains place in "experimental" side

13 October 2009 02:03
Fabio Capello will experiment against Belarus in the final World Cup qualifier, but Rio Ferdinand will start after holding talks with the England boss over his mistake in Ukraine. Ferdinand's error four days ago in Dnipropetrovsk meant one enforced change with Robert Green suspended after being sent off trying to mop up the problem, while Wayne Rooney picking up a calf injury and Steven Gerrard's groin complaint accounts for two others. Capello has stressed the need for "plan A, B and C" with or without talisman Rooney, but Ferdinand is a certain starter at Wembley when England wrap up their Group Six campaign. "Rio will play against Belarus," Capello said. "I have big confidence in Rio. He will play and I'm sure he will get better with every game. "I spoke with Rio, on Monday and this morning (Tuesday), and I will speak also with some other players. We will see the DVD of the game to understand what happened and I will see the mistakes."

Source: Eurosport