The Manchester United defender has been plagued by a troublesome back problem all season and has featured just ten times so far this term for his club.
But after John Terry was stripped of his captaincy from the national team in January, Ferdinand was handed the armband by coach Fabio Capello and expectations of emulating 1966 winner Bobby Moore were immediately thrust upon him.
Leading the way: Rio Ferdinand is determined to be a success as England captain
And having been compared to the late great Moore since his emergence to Premier League from the West Ham academy in 1996, Ferdinand has vowed to lead by England example - just like the legendary No 6 - but also lead with his lungs like Tony Adams.
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