Rio Ferdinand to Retain England Captaincy for Montenegro Euro 2012 Qualifier

Old Trafford to take captain’s armband back from Anfield skipper.

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Sky Sports News understands that Rio Ferdinand has retained the England captaincy and will lead them into their Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro on Tuesday.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard led England at the World Cup finals in the summer, with Ferdinand sidelined through injury.

Gerrard continued with the armband for England’s opening Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

But with Ferdinand’s return to the squad, coach Fabio Capello had to decide whether to allow Gerrard to continue or reinstate the Manchester United defender.

And Sky Sports News understands that the Italian is standing by his original decision and will name Ferdinand as his captain. (Sky Sports)

This was always likely to happen. However well Steven Gerrard did in Rio Ferdinand’s absence it would have been a tad harsh for a player to lose the captain’s armband due to time out with injury. Fabio Capello will at least know that if any further problems occur with his first choice he has the Liverpool skipper to fall back on.

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