Man Utd defender Ferdinand to join up with England squad

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will spend time with England next week.

Ferdinand would have been named captain for the friendly against Egypt and coach Fabio Capello still wants him to report to the team hotel in Hertfordshire for the meeting the manager intends to have with his players.

Yesterday Sir Alex Ferguson said he did not object to Ferdinand travelling to Hertfordshire despite the need for treatment on his chronic back condition.