Ferdinand New England Captain

Fabio Capello is reportedly set to name Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand as his new captain of England, according to a report in The Mirror.

Since taking over the job as England boss, Capello has given a number of players the England armband as he decides who is to become the permanent skipper. Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham have all captained the side under Capello in recent friendlies.

However, with qualifying for World Cup 2010 due to begin in September, Capello is keen to have a permanent captain in place and looks set to chose Rio Ferdinand, ahead of previous captain John Terry.

Ferdinand enjoyed a tremendous season on the domestic front last year, helping Manchester United win a Premier League and Champions League double, and being part of the league’s meanest defence.

Terry, meanwhile, had to cope with the disappointment of finishing as runner up to United in both competitions as well as missing one of the vital penalties in the Champions League final which helped hand the title to the Red Devils.

Whilst Terry was the captain in the last England regime under Steve McClaren, the paper claims this is another reason why Capello will choose Ferdinand as he looks to make clean break from the previous, unsuccessful, management team.

England’s next match is a friendly at Wembley against the Czech Republic on August 20. They then face two World Cup qualifiers in September, away to Andorra on September 6 and then four days later away to Croatia.

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