Ferdinand sets winning target

Rio Ferdinand insists he will only be happy if England win the World Cup in South Africa.

The Manchester United defender was handed the armband when John Terry was stripped of the international captaincy in February and claims that not lifting the trophy in the final on July 11 would be a major failure.

Ferdinand, who is set to play in a record-equalling fourth finals, believes the Three Lions will have no excuses should they fail to perform in South Africa.

“We’re not going into the tournament thinking ‘get to the quarter-finals, semi-finals or final and we’ve done our job,” he declared.

“We will only do ourselves justice by winning a tournament. We are going there strictly to try and bring this trophy home.

“No one gets remembered for finishing in the semi-finals or quarter-finals, that is why we are training so hard.

“We’ve had great preparation at our training base in Austria and hopefully that will serve us well at the tournament.”

Subscribe to Football FanCast News Headlines by Email