Rio ready to return as England captain

09 September 2010 08:57
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has no doubt that he will be handed the England captain's armband again when he finally returns to action. Fabio Capello turned to Ferdinand after stripping John Terry of the responsibility last season following the Chelsea star's off-pitch antics. However, when injury prevented Ferdinand playing in the World Cup finals in South Africa, Steven Gerrard was handed the role. The Liverpool midfielder also skippered the side for this month's two Euro 2012 qualifying wins over Bulgaria and Switzerland and there have been calls for him to be handed the captain's armband on a permanent basis. Capello recently said: "For me the performance of the player is important, not the armband. It is not a priority for me. The armband is not important." However, Ferdinand, who is close to returning to action after a knee injury, expects to captain his country for next month's qualifier against Montenegro. He told The Sun: "I think Capello said that (I would be captain when I'm fit) a while ago. I think he answered it the last time the squad were together."

Source: ESA