Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is firming as favourite to be named permanent England captain.

Ferdinand hugely impressed Fabio Capello when he led England for the first time in last month's friendly against France.

The defender said: "Being captain for England was great - likewise being skipper at Manchester United is fantastic.

"Whenever I pull on that armband it is a proud moment for me and my family because of the long line of illustrious people who have worn it before me."

Capello will name his captain in time for England's August 20 friendly with the Czech Republic.

But the Italian said: "I will choose based on attitude on the pitch and behaviour off the field as well.

"A captain must be a leader. He must lead by example and drag the team forward."