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Rio fit but Nev ruled out

24 Jun 2006 - 18:44:23

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand will be fit enough to play against Ecuador on Sunday but Gary Neville has been ruled out of the game.

Ferdinand limped out of the 2-2 draw against Sweden with a groin injury but was able to train on Saturday.

Eriksson said: "The only concern is Gary Neville. He will be on the bench as he is not ready for the game but Rio is fit and he is available.

"I am confident that we will go through, but in football you never know. I have never thought tomorrow will be my last game in charge of England, absolutely not. I never even dreamt about that.

"I have all the respect for Ecuador. They have played three games and they have a very good team, and they will fight tomorrow, I am sure about that. They have good players and they are physically strong and they have a lot of pace in the team.

"All in our camp are inspired by tomorrow. We know we have a good team and a good chance to go a long way - and we want to take it.

"We have been talking about sleeping, eating and drinking and we want to do all we can to prepare as well as possible for the heat, which is important, and the spirit is high. It is about courage and it is life or death - you stay in Germany or you go back home."


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