Man Utd's Ferdinand wants England captaincy

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits he'd love the England captaincy.

Ferdinand declared: "Being the England captain can never be a hassle. It's an honour and a privilege. It's not the be-all and end-all for me. If I'm not the captain, I won't shrivel up and go into a shell.

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"It won't affect the way I play or my relationship with the other players.

"If something needs to be said in the dressing room, I'll say it. I'll still play with 100 per cent commitment. But I'd be lying if I said I would not like the captaincy on a regular basis.

"Of course I want it. Any player would." Ferdinand, 29, has no doubts he is a much more mature character these days.

He added: "I feel I'm at a good period in my life, where I understand the responsibilities of being a footballer.

"When I was a kid playing on my estate in Peckham, I wasn't looking to become a role model or a superstar who is always in the papers and on the TV.

"But that's what being a professional footballer involves these days and you have to deal with it, whether you're the England captain or not."

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