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Published : 24 May 2010 10:41:23
Manchester United defender Ferdinand has vowed being captain of England will not change him. Fitness permitting, it will be the Reds kingpin who leads England into battle for their World Cup opener against the United States in Rustenburg on June 12. And, should Fabio Capello's men succeed in reaching Soccer City for the final a month later, it will be Ferdinand who has the chance to emulate West Ham legend Bobby Moore by lifting the World Cup for England for the first time since 1966. The opportunity is immense, and one that excites even the most laid-back of characters. Yet Ferdinand insists his head will not be turned. And should anyone in England's squad, want a chat, the 31-year-old will only be too willing to oblige. Being captain is a fantastic honour and a responsibility that I warm to, he said. But it is not something that is going to change me. I will conduct myself in exactly the same way. Even before I was made captain, the younger players knew I was an easy-going guy who they can approach which, in a way, is more important than being captain. When you have been to tournaments, you are more capable of being the kind of person that a younger player might need to speak to. Should Ferdinand skipper United next season? Have your say.