Ferdinand sets England bar high

Captain Rio Ferdinand insists England are heading to South Africa with genuine thoughts of winning the World Cup.

Fabio Capello's 23-man squad flew out of Heathrow for the tournament on Wednesday evening with Ferdinand setting the bar high.

"The message when we fly to South Africa is that we are going to be doing our utmost to bring the World Cup back," he said ahead of England's first game against the United States on June 12.

The Three Lions have only made it past the quarter-final stage twice since 1966 but Ferdinand is refusing to accept that reaching the last four would be an acceptable target.

"We are not out there to finish second, we are not out there to make the semi-finals and think we've done a good job because we have got past the quarter-finals," continued the Manchester United defender.

"We are there to go and win it. That is what the build-up has all been about – preparing right, recuperating after training, recuperating after games properly.

"It's been about making sure that all the minor little details that need doing are done properly to make sure we have the best chance to win."

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