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Rio's A Great Captain

Rio Ferdinand has been snubbed for the England captaincy by Fabio Capello who, after almost months of rotating and mysteriousness, appointed John Terry.

Why did he have to play this comedy with the senior members of the squad we'll never know. If he thought Terry was the best option he could have made the choice straightaway: it wouldn't have upset anyone if he announced he wished to continue with the former coach's captain. This way, he certainly upset some players.

Not least our own Rio Ferdinand, who, apart from being a comfortably better player than 'JT', is also a better leader and seems to have grasped the significance of the current 'Respect' campaign which might be ridiculous but the referees certainly put an emphasis to it. Of course it has been launched partly because of Terry and his total failure to control his Chelsea teammates who bite the ref's head off at every decision they do not like.

So, the man who is captain at a club that has been charged several times over the last season for failing to control its players is deemed suitable for the England armband. Well, that's life, Rio and you've got to live with it. Wes Brown, who will possibly never become captain anywhere - not that he seems to crave the responsibility - believes his teammate will bounce back from the disappointment.

'Rio will be fine. He knew he had a good chance of being captain and then the gaffer picked John Terry so we all just get on with it now.

'Rio has got a great attitude, is a great footballer and I am sure he will take it in his stride and continue to do well for his country and United.

'I play alongside him every week so he would have been my choice but then the Chelsea players would have said exactly the same about John Terry.'


By the way, Wes Brown deserves to be applauded for scoring a goal - it is indeed a rarity in his case. Let's forget how he fared against the Czech counter-attacks though...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 21 2008

Time: 10:56PM

Your Comments

Amen to that! Better player AND better captain than Terry.
united4life
Shame it wasn' t to be considering RIO always outperforms Terry on international level!
ForeverUnited
Yes, yes and yes. Was really disappointed that Rio was ignored for England captain. I can't stand listening to Terry in press conferences. Rio isn't great, but recently he's become far more eloquent. And yes, Rio performs better than Terry. Hope this doesn't affect his confidence or his performances.
Man utd champions
I worry about the next game (Portsmouth away) because we statistically struggle there. Then we've got the Zenit Super Cup game, so the chance of three points against Fulham is gone. Our next two games are then Liverpool and Chelsea (both away) which, in current form, we'd be lucky to escape from with two points. Therefore, we'd have just four points out of four games, and could be eight points behind the rest... I am worried. Chelsea are looking good, Liverpool could give it a real good go this year, and although soem of their influential players have left, I really rate some of the ones Arsenal have brought in, and they could improve on last year. Could out title defence be over before the middle of September, or am I too distrusting of United's abilities???
Man utd champions
Better then terry by far.
rooneyisgod
Yes, indeed it is a rarity to see Wes Brown score, but having said that, he has scored two in about six months (Wednesday night; against Liverpool at Old Trafford) so perhaps we should stop calling it that from now on. Now... Gary, what about you?
Man utd champions
should have been gerrard, then ferdinand then terry
alexbaruch1993
What would Brown know about football, shouldn't be in the Squad.
Tiny T
Um, Tiny T who scored England's first goal??? He played ok on wednesday which is good compared to most players...
Man utd champions
agree with you there, alexbaruch1993, though Gerrard is a bit on the quiet side. I would never have chosen Terry in a million years.
Man utd champions
Oh common its good to make some funny statements but not too much funny.To be honest I am happy he didn't get infacr for me he shouldn't even be the no.2 Gerrald is far better.
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