Man Utd defender Ferdinand yet to hear from Capello about England captaincy

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits he's yet to hear from Fabio Capello about the England captaincy.

Ferdinand has revealed that he learned he was to succeed Chelsea's John Terry by watching TV news, and that three weeks after being appointed he has still not had a conversation with Capello.

"I haven't spoken to the manager yet," he told the Guardian ahead of tonight's friendly against Egypt, which the defender will miss because of a persistent back injury. "He does it a certain way."

Ferdinand praised the clarity Capello has brought to the role.

"The best thing about him is he's black and white. There are no grey areas. You know exactly what he wants from you before you go out on the pitch. 'This is what I want and if you can't do it, see you later, someone else will do it.' That's what we've lacked in the last few campaigns."