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TV (not Capello) told Ferdinand he was replacing Terry as England captain

03 Mar 2010 09:32:02

TV (not Capello) told Ferdinand he was replacing Terry as England captain

Rio Ferdinand has revealed he found out he was England's new captain while watching the news on television.   England manager Fabio Capello has visited Manchester United's Carrington training complex to discuss the state of Ferdinand's troublesome back complaint with both the player and Sir Alex Ferguson, yet the captaincy issue can apparently wait.   'I haven't spoken to the manager yet,' Ferdinand told The Guardian in a conversation about the captaincy.   Leader: Ferdinand will wear the armband when he is fit for England Ferdinand was installed as John Terry's successor last month after it was revealed the Chelsea defender defender had an affair with the ex-girlfriend of Wayne Bridge. Ferdinand, who was speaking to the newspaper last week, claimed: 'I found out I was captain from the TV.' The interview emerged less than 12 hours after Capello admitted discussions had taken place over the back injury which has returned to rule Ferdinand out of the friendly against Egypt.   Capello said: 'I met Rio and spoke with Sir Alex and I know exactly what happened I also spoke with (chief executive) David Gill at Wembley, who told me it is not the same problem.   Responsibility: Steven Gerrard (left) will lead England out against Egypt after Capello took the decision to strip Terry (centre) of the armband 'I don't know. I just hope he will be fit in a short time because he needs to play. You can only find good form when you play games.' Once the Egypt match is out of the way, Ferdinand will have featured in only four of England's last 13 games.   That statistic must concern Capello given Ashley Cole is also out of action with a broken ankle, Bridge has declared himself unavailable and Terry seems to be below par.    Capello gets tough with England: Play it my way, says disciplinarian Capello pleads with England fans to lay off his axed captain Terry at WembleyYoung rules out England return as Villa star fumes: I wasn't taken seriouslyMARTIN SAMUEL: It's time the boo boys stopped hanging John Terry out to dry...Bridge will be back for England, says Man City team-mate Kolo ToureI'm ready for Roo-mania! Wayne feels no strain as he gears up for hypeMANCHESTER UNITED FC


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