Wembley captain received a call of support from Old Trafford defender following armband reversal.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand contacted the new England captain John Terry to wish him every success in the role.
Ferdinand was stripped of the honour by manager Fabio Capello amid growing concerns over his long-term fitness, which has apparently caused a rift between the two.
The 32-year-old was awarded the armband a year ago after Terry was caught having an affair with the ex-girlfriend of former team-mate Wayne Bridge.
But Capello has decided to re-instate Terry as captain, and the Chelsea defender admits Ferdinand was one of the first players to offer his support.
“Rio called me after the [Manchester City] game, which was a great touch and shows what a great man he is,” Terry said.
“We had a 10-minute conversation and he wished me well. It is similar to how I phoned him when I lost the armband and goes to show what a great man he is.
“He cares about England as he said the most important thing is we keep winning football matches.
“He is disappointed but said the most important thing is England keep winning football matches.”