Don't pick Ferdinand for Wales qualifier: Ferguson

AFP, Sunday 13 Mar 2011

England captain Rio Ferdinand should not be selected for an upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales because he has not fully recovered from a calf injury, according to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

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England face Wales on March 26, however Ferguson does not expect United defender Ferdinand -- who has been out of action since January -- to be fit in time.

"Rio has been doing a bit of running. He will be ready for the game after the internationals," said Ferguson.

"I wouldn't have thought he would have a chance before that. I don't think it would be wise for him to be called up by England. He hasn't played for us since January."

It leaves England manager Fabio Capello with a dilemma concerning who will skipper the Three Lions.

Ferdinand's expected absence, along with that of vice-captain Steven Gerrard, means Capello could offer the armband back to former skipper John Terry.

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