Should he retire?
England’s boss Fabio Capello has confirmed Rio Ferdinand will captain England in tomorrow’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro. Ferdinand will take over the captaincy from Steven Gerrard, who assumed the role for the World Cup after a knee injury forced Ferdinand out of the competition.
Due to his injury, Ferdinand has missed 16 of England’s last 22 fixtures. His recent performance as centre-back with Manchester United, convinced Capello that the defender is ready to rejoin the national side.
I told Steven he was a fantastic captain. I said ‘you have to play tomorrow like a captain. You have to be a leader tomorrow on the pitch. Fabio Capello.
Rio Ferdinand is 32 next month and, having had almost two years of injury problems, this period of his career is make-or-break, not just for England, but for everything, according to Manchester United official website.
Alan Hansen has recently stated Ferdinand should re-think his situation as professional footballer:
He must now decide whether he wants to extend the longevity of his career with United or continue to play for England. I don’t think he can play for both and there is a real argument to say that he should contemplate following the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Alan Shearer by retiring from international football. Alan Hansen. Daily Telegraph.
I reckon Ferdinand has been having a rough time, but I’m not sure his time’s up; with any luck he’ll be able to take part on both squads fiercely as if he were on his prime.
October 10th, 2010.