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Rio thinks World Cup is wide open

18 Jun 2010 - 10:29:04

Injured captain Rio Ferdinand believes England have a "great chance" of winning a "wide open" World Cup.

Ferdinand is back home after picking up a tournament-ending knee ligament injury during England's first training session in South Africa.

A programme of rehabilitation from the Manchester United medical staff will prevent the 31-year-old defender from returning to South Africa, but Ferdinand has given a ringing endorsement of the Three Lions' chances.

Speaking ahead of Friday's Group C encounter with Algeria, he said: "If we win this one, the confidence will build and we'll get back on a high.

"We still have a great chance of winning the World Cup and no team can claim to be the outright favourites. There's no-one who scares us.

"A lot of teams come to a World Cup with an aura about them and, while the Germans and the Argentines have each had good wins, I don't think you could say with conviction any team has stood head and shoulders above the others in the first round of games.

"And, of course, one of the favourites Spain has lost to Switzerland. So I think the competition is wide open."

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