Capello still seeking Rio talks

Ferdinand was stripped of the armband last week as the Three Lions

prepared for a Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales. In the wake of

ongoing injury problems, it was decided to relieve Ferdinand of the

honour. Chelsea centre-half John Terry was reinstated to the role,

13 months after he was stood down following allegations about his

private life. Capello admitted in the build-up to the Wales game

that the issue could have been handled better, with Ferdinand

discovering his fate through the media. Talks were due to be held

between the United ace and his national coach, but such discussions

failed to materialise. Capello is still planning to explain his

decision, though, and hopes he will get the chance to meet with

Ferdinand at some stage in the near future. It is important that he

gets the opportunity to explain his side of the story, as

vice-captain Steven Gerrard revealed on Sunday that he had been

made aware of the decision through a telephone call. Pressed on the

issue during a press conference on Monday, Capello said: “Rio was

the captain, Steve was the vice-captain. “I hope that over the next

few weeks I will meet with him (Ferdinand).” Capello has also

revealed that he allowed Terry, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Frank

Lampard and Michael Dawson to return to their clubs ahead of

Tuesday’s friendly against Ghana in order to protect them from

injury. He said: “The players that aren’t here, those that went

home, are not here because if you are tired it is easy to be

injured.” The Italian will also be giving his full support to Jack

Wilshere’s claims for an U21 berth this summer, with the Arsenal

youngster revealing that he hopes to step out of the senior fold

and join the Young Lions at the European Championship. Capello

added: “Yeah, I will support him 100 per cent because I think the

players will be really important for the Under 21s. “Those players

can make the difference.”