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Ferdinand boost for England

Rio Ferdinand gave a boost to Manchester United and England after coming through 27 minutes of Tony Carr's testimonial match at Upton Park.

Ferdinand has been troubled by back and groin problems all season, which have restricted him to just 11 Premier League starts for United. The England captain made his return from three weeks on the sidelines as a late substitute in last weekend's victory over Sunderland.

Sir Alex Ferguson gave Ferdinand permission to continue his comeback tonight by honouring the man who gave him his introduction to professional football. Ferdinand partnered his brother Anton Ferdinand in the centre of defence for the West Ham Academy All-Stars and was untroubled in a game that never rose above pedestrian pace.

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