Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has congratulated John Terry on becoming the new leader of England, amid reports that the Manchester United defender is unhappy with the decision.
Ferdinand has struggled with injuries for the last two years and, as Terry has been on top form this season despite injury concerns, England manager Fabio Capello decided to reinstate Terry as captain after he was stripped of the armband last year.
England face Wales this Saturday in a EURO2012 Qualifier and it is expected that Terry will start. The Three Lions then play Ghana in a friendly next Tuesday.
Ferdinand and Terry would be the first-choice centre-back pairing but, with Ferdinand possibly out for the season, either Everton’s Phil Jagielka or Bolton’s Gary Cahill could partner Terry at the heart of England’s defence.
In the past couple of weeks there have been reports that Ferdinand has not been happy with the way in which the situation has been handled but, a source told The Sun, “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.”
Rumours of Ferdinand quitting the international scene were quickly quashed yesterday but it is no question that the situation has been handled appallingly by Capello and his team.
This article originally appeared on sports website Sports Haze, which is now unfortunately defunct.