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Rio Ferdinand Out Of World Cup. Dawson Back In. Gerrard Is Captain

In an official statement issued, the F.A. confirmed that Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard will take over from Ferdinand. It said: "England Captain Rio Ferdinand today suffered a left-knee ligament injury in training.

"Further to a scan arranged by the England medical staff immediately after training on Friday afternoon, Rio has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks and will therefore unfortunately miss the World Cup.

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Rowland5072d ago

this might be a blessing in disguise as Rio is clearly lacking match sharpness - his injury plagued season looked to have taken its toll on the evidence of the 2 recent friendlies. Provided Ledley King stays fit he'll be a better option and interestingly Dawson who has had a far better season than Matthew Upson and shouldn't have been left out in the first place will now be available as well.

donb5071d ago

In big competetition international experience seems more important. I am sure England lost an important player in Rio.