The teen is being tipped for a big Euros this month.
Ferdinand admitted to The Sun: "I'm a fan of The Ox. I like the way there's a bit of fearlessness about him.
"I don't see his selection as being the same as when Theo Walcott was picked for 2006 because Alex is further along the road in terms of Premier League experience.
"He seems a confident lad who wants to take people on and that sort of belief can only be good for the team.
"I'll be shouting for the lads on Monday when we play France. I'm sure we have what it takes to get off to a winning start."