The king is dead; long live the king. Rio Ferdinand is the new England captain following manager Fabio Capello’s decision to sack John Terry this afternoon. Terry, caught cheating on his wife for the umpteenth time, found his position ‘untenable’ – to abuse the much overused cliché.
Fabio appointed Ferdinand with immediate effect and Steven Gerrard will step up to vice-captain. But is it the right choice?
Ferdinand, frequently Manchester United captain when fit, has appeared just eight times this season for the Reds, with a long-term back complaint requiring lengthy osteopathic treatment. There’s certainly no guarantee that the former-West Ham United player will make the plane to South Africa this summer.
Rant’s choice was Wayne Rooney – United and England’s talismanic striker, who would lead by example. What’s yours?