Ferdinand voices support for John Terry

Ferdinand voices support for John Terry

Deposed England captain Rio Ferdinand has given his support to replacement John Terry and told him to lead the side to victory against Wales when they meet at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

It has been reported that Ferdinand is unhappy at the way England boss Fabio Capello has handled the change in captaincy following his injury problems this season and there have been suggestions that Capello has refused to discuss the situation with him.

However, regardless of any rift between the Manchester United star and the England supremo, Ferdinand wanted to show his support to England team-mate Terry and is said to have rang him to wish him good luck ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2012 Group G game.

The two central defenders have a long history together, partners for England on the pitch and pals off it, the respect between the pair is apparent. Ferdinand was very tactful when Terry lost the captaincy following his affair with a team-mate’s former wife and Terry was a pillar of support when Ferdinand got the training ground injury that kept him out of the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Ferdinand has never been to the Euro finals and next year’s tournament will be his last chance to make an appearance, he wants to see Terry lead to the England team successfully through the qualifying group in the hope he will recover from his current injury problems and regain his place in the national team.

Fabio Capello has come under growing criticism for his handling of the England captaincy and his lack of communication with leading players including Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Sun journalist Shaun Custis claims a source close to Ferdinand told him: "Rio felt it was only right he gave John a call and talked things over.
"He wished John all the best for Saturday and told him he believed he would lead the team to a win. John and Rio go back years and there is a mutual respect. Maybe Capello could learn a bit from them."
 

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