2010 FIFA World Cup: Rio Ferdinand Ruled Out of the World Cup

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJune 4, 2010

IRDNING, AUSTRIA - MAY 29:  England Captain, Rio Ferdinand speaks during the England press conference ahead of their friendly match against Japan tomorrow, on May 29, 2010 in Irdning, Austra. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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England captain Rio Ferdinand has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a leg injury in training.

Captain Rio suffered the injury during the last couple of minutes of training.

Ferdinand was taken to hospital for a scan on his left knee, but the result were bad.

Ferdinand had been optimistic of enjoying an injury-free World Cup. He had a season dogged by injury problems at Manchester United. He was only able to play in around a third of their League games.

He trained for two weeks at England's camp in Austria, and came through two international friendlies without picking up a knock. 

Rio was devistated when England got knocked out of 2006 world cup by Portugal, and Brazil in 2002. Now hes got kicked out before the tournament has started.

The question for Capello now is who to bring to South Africa in his place, and who should be the new captain.

It is thought that Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson could fly to South Africa within the next 12 hours to replace Rio in the England squad.

Many fans are hoping that John Terry, who got the armband taken away from him, will regain his captaincy.