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Rio returns to England training

08 Oct 2010 - 12:41:15

Rio Ferdinand has trained with England for the first time since being ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

Ferdinand arrived in South Africa in June in possession of the captain's armband only to see his World Cup finals hopes ended by a knee ligament injury picked up during the first training session.

The injury-plagued defender returned to domestic action with Manchester United three weeks ago and was recalled to the England squad by coach Fabio Capello ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.

In his absence, Steven Gerrard has assumed the international captaincy and Capello has yet to confirm whether the Liverpool midfielder will retain the armband.

Ferdinand has certainly given the Italian coach food for thought after taking a full part in training at Arsenal's London Colney headquarters on Friday morning.

However, the United defender's first challenge could well be to oust Phil Jagielka from his regular central defensive role alongside John Terry.

The Everton centre-half looked assured during qualifying victories over Bulgaria and Switzerland last month.


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