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Ferdinand desperate to play anywhere for Sunderland

Anton Ferdinand is willing to play anywhere in the Sunderland team as he looks to resurrect a frustrating season. The £8million defender returned after more than two months out with an ankle problem in Saturday's 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Arsenal, but did so initially in an unaccustomed midfield role and then at left-back.

He told the Sunderland Echo: "If the gaffer wants me to play left-back, I will do it. If he wants me to play right wing, I will do it.

"It has been a very frustrating period for me. I'm used to being one of the focal points of the team, and it has been difficult.

"These are the things that make you the player you are.

"No-one has seen me sulk or walk about saying I should be in the team instead of someone else. That's not the person I am.

"I give my best to the boys and treat each game the same whether I'm playing or not.

"It would be unfair on the boys who are playing if I acted any other way.

"I'm happy to be back now and hopefully I can contribute to the team."

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