Ferdinand deals England a catastrophic blow ahead of finals

4th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

Rio Ferdinand becomes the second big casualty of the day, the second captain of a World Cup-bound nation to be ruled out of the summer’s showcase following Michael Ballack’s ankle injury for Germany, after a scan on his knee revealed ligament damage, and that the influential England centre-back would miss the entirety of the finals in South Africa.

It now means that Michael Dawson, who originally was sent home by Fabio Capello just days ago, will fly out to South Africa to join the rest of the England camp to bolster England’s centre-back options. However, what we also have is another unwanted debate over who will start alongside John Terry, who earlier in the year relinquished his stranglehold over the captains armband. It would appear Ledley King would ideally be Capello’s first choice, but the Tottenham centre-half has knee problems of his own and wouldn’t be able to string consecutive games together by the looks of it. Were Capello to go down this route that it could lead to some disharmony at the back, a lack of cohesion which could cause England all sorts of problems defensively. Jamie Carragher was one of several surprise call-ups by Fabio Capello but he could be in line to make a stunning international u0turn by starting against the United States despite an indifferent season for Liverpool.

Despite Dawson joining up with the England camp, it is unlikely that Capello will drop the Spurs defender in at the deep end against the USA, so it would appear as though the battle to partner Terry in the heart of the defence lye’s between King and Carragher, and in fairness we wouldn’t be entirely satisfied with using either.


Terrible news for Ferdinand, devastating for England’s chances and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the Three Lions drift in the outright betting market. We wish Ferdinand all the best in his recovery.

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