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Rio Ferdinand 'will not turn his back on England'

22nd March 2011 - Berko Tau

Manchester United defender will not be turning his back on playing football games for England, it has been claimed.

Ferdinand's persistent injury problems have forced football manager Fabio Capello to relieve him of the England captaincy, with Chelsea skipper John Terry resuming the role he held up until February 2010.

Although Ferdinand has remained silent on the issue, reports suggest he was upset with the way in which Fabio Capello handled the situation.

However, BBC Sport understands that Ferdinand is still available for selection in England soccer games and that his disappointment with Capello will not prompt him to turn his back on his country.

Meanwhile, full-back Glen Johnson has declared that the England squad are happy to have Terry return as captain.

He said: "John Terry leads by example. He loves the shirt and wears his heart on his sleeve.

"He is a vocal presence who tries to help the new lads in the squad. He can see the whole game and organises everything."

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