Capello set to name Ferdinand England captain

Fabio Capello is set to name the England captain for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers today and the bookies are backing Rio Ferdinand. The Italian has rotated the armband since he took over the England job in January, with Ferdinand, John Terry, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Gareth Barry all leading the side over the last few months.

John Terry captained England during Steve McClaren's disastrous reign and seemed like the obvious choice to retain the armband. But Capello has underlined that a captain should be an example both on and off the field and the Chelsea defender has been involved in a number of off-field controversies.

So, it's the Manchester United centre-back Ferdinand who has emerged as favourite for the job. While John Terry is closer to the archetypal heart on sleeve image of an England captain, e.g. Terry Butcher, the selection of Ferdinand as skipper would represent a refreshing departure. If he is named England captain Rio will be hoping to emulate another calm and collected West Ham centre-back who wore the armband 40-years ago.

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