Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has seemingly ruled himself out of regaining the England captaincy after John Terry was stripped of the role by the FA this morning.
The 33-year-old said on Twitter: “I don’t want to be England captain after the last episode,just want to concentrate on playin for utd & if I make the squad then as ever I’ll be delighted.”
The decision by the FA to strip Terry of the armband has come on the back of his ongoing court case into allegedly racially abusing Ferdinand’s younger brother Anton Ferdinand.
Rio Ferdinand was handed the captaincy for the first time in 2008 ahead of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers as coach Fabio Capello tinkered with his team.
Later the same year the England manager appointed Terry as permanent skipper before the Chelsea man lost the armband following allegations of a supposed affair with team-mate Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend.
In another twist, and the “episode” that the United star refers to in his tweet, came when Capello made a u-turn with Terry and reinstated him as England captain in March 2011.
Terry was in line to face his England team-mate in Chelsea’s encounter with United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday but the Blues skipper has been ruled out through injury.
Speaking before the news of Terry’s absence, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “I think I’d have a word with Rio to see what his stance is.”
“He’s been fighting the racism issue for years. But if he has to rise above that he’s got nothing to be ashamed of – if he does decide to shake John Terry’s hand.”