Cap confirms Rio as vice-captain

Ferdinand lost the job in March when Capello decided to end the

merry-go-round that began during the friendly in Denmark a month

earlier and reinstate Terry, who had been stripped of the honour

for personal reasons in the first place. It was not until Tuesday

evening that Capello finally explained the reasons for his decision

to the Manchester United defender ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2012

encounter with Switzerland. However, in restoring the captaincy

issue to the state he put it in four games into his reign, Capello

has named Ferdinand as vice-captain, and first in line to succeed

Terry should there be a problem. “The captain is John Terry, Rio is

vice-captain,” confirmed the England boss. “I have spoken with Rio

and told him why I made my decision. He said some things to me. “He

wasn’t happy but he understood. At the end, we shook hands.”

Capello certainly views Ferdinand as an essential member of his

squad. Along with Terry, the central defender was the only player

Capello was prepared to name as a definite starter against the

Swiss. “I never thought he would stop playing with us. Not at all,”

said Capello. “He likes to play with the national team. He is an

important player and personality, for what he can do in the

dressing room.” Someone else who apparently likes to play with the

national team is Ben Foster. The Birmingham goalkeeper issued his

own statement recently stating his intention to “take a sabbatical”

from England duty. That has generally been interpreted as a

negative, based upon a belief that Foster views it as an

impossibility to oust Joe Hart as England number one and he has

better things to do with his time than train and sit on the bench.

Capello assessed the situation rather differently. “The problem

with Foster is his finger,” he said. “He played for four months

with big problems. His fingers were always strapped together and in

the end, he told us he needs to have an operation or something.

“Why shouldn’t he come back? He is a good ‘keeper.” There is an

issue though. David Stockdale’s decision to arrange his wedding a

day before a vital international might be excusable on the basis

Fulham’s number two would not ordinarily have factored an England

call-up into his planning. Stockdale’s withdrawal meant a call to

Robert Green, who had also made himself unavailable, but changed

his mind after the birth of his first child occurred slightly

earlier than he thought. Green has not been given any chance to

atone for his disastrous mistake during the World Cup opener

against the United States, with Hart remaining on the pitch for the

entire 90 minutes of the friendly clash with Ghana in March. “He

has stayed with us,” reflected Capello. “After one period, he was

like a 12th man in the squad. “He didn’t play because Joe Hart

needed more international games.”