But Capello and Baldini made no attempt to find Ferdinand at Old Trafford and the Manchester United defender left the ground bemused, baffled - and blanked.
A source confirmed: "Rio hasn't got a clue what is going on.
"Capello has told journalists that Terry is taking over the captaincy - but hasn't had the decency or courage to say it to Rio's face.
"In fact, Rio doesn't even know if he's losing the captaincy or not - he's not heard from the FA or anyone.
"It's no way to treat a player who has been so committed to England.
"There's no respect for him at all. The whole thing is appalling."
Capello and Baldini were in the directors' box for the Champions League game against Marseille while Ferdinand - still unavailable through injury - sat on the opposite side of the stadium.
Rio had texts from fellow England players yesterday.
Our source added: "There is a lot of sympathy. They don't think he should have been treated like this."