BAD START for England team just before the beginning the World Cup. England World Cup team captain Rio Ferdinand, 31, was ruled out of the FIFA World Cup 2010, due to injury in his left knee. He injured his knee in team’s first full training session in South Africa.
The central defender suffered a ligament injury in the final minutes of the training after he fell badly.
Ivory Coast star and captain Didier Drogba also broke his right arm in a 2-0 warmup victory over Japan
The FA said in a statement, “Further to a scan arranged by the England medical staff immediately, after training in Friday afternoon, Rio has been ruled out for four to six weeks and will therefore unfortunately miss the world cup.”
Now Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will captain the team. Michael Dawson of Tottenham Hotspur will replace Ferdinand in 23 man squad. The team manager Fabio Capello said, “It is obviously a bad news and everyone with the squad is very disappointed and sorry for Rio. It was an accident injury in training but had nothing to do with the pitch.”
It is not just captain Rio but goal keeper David James, who also complained about the knee injury and did not, participate in training on Friday.
England team is going to face U.S on June 12 opening match. Rio took over as captain after Chelsea’s John Terry was stripped of the job in February because of an off-pitch scandal involving his private life.It was Rio’s third World Cup, but unfortunately got disrupted before the start.