Ferdinand attacks Wag culture under Eriksson

Stand in England skipper Rio Ferdinand has launched an attack on the “Wag culture” which existed during Sven Goran Eriksson's time in charge of England, describing it as “a circus” which distracted the players from their football.

"If I'm honest, we became a bit of a circus in terms of the whole Wag situation," Ferdinand told reporters. "It seemed like there was a big show around the whole England squad. It was like watching a theatre unfolding and football almost became a secondary element to the main event. People were worrying more about what people were wearing and where they were going out, rather than the England football team.”

But speaking to the Guardian, the Manchester United defender said that Fabio Capello has transformed the mentality of the England set up and the results so far show that it is a change for the better.

"This regime is very water-tight. This squad's in a different frame of mind to the ones I've been in for a while. We've got a very business-like state of mind, and that's come from the manager and his staff. It's a new way of thinking. It feels as if we're going in the right direction.”

England take on Belarus tonight in Minsk with Wayne Bridge set to replace Ashley Cole at left back despite having played only a few minutes of Premier League football this season. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may also lose out to Stewart Downing on the left side of midfield.

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