West Ham youth guru Carr: Man Utd defender Ferdinand best to come through here

West Ham United academy guru Tony Carr rates Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand as the best youngster he has come across.

Carr is set to be honoured with a star-studded testimonial next Wednesday.

And he has named Ferdinand ahead of the likes of Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard, Glen Johnson and Paul Ince as his star pupil during a 30-year career at Upton Park.

Carr, 59, said: "I guess Rio nicks it because he had it all, even as a kid.

"He was quick, he could jump, pass and defend.

"He was a superb athlete and had reams of natural talent.

"I want to give him the No 6 shirt next week because he is England captain and that number belonged to another special England skipper still much loved at this club.

"I hope it could be the secret weapon to bring the World Cup back this summer."

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