Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been assured of his place in England's Euros squad.

The Mirror says England boss Fabio Capello has telephoned Ferdinand to reassure him after leaving the Manchester United defender out of his squad for the Wembley double header.

Capello told 33-year-old Ferdinand that he still sees him as a major part of his plans for Euro 2012 and only left him out this weekend to look at younger players.

It is believed that Capello also told Ferdinand that he picked John Terry on the basis that the Chelsea defender is his captain and there was nothing personal.

But the reassuring phone call which came this week was all about telling Ferdinand that he should not worry about his England place.