Papers: Rally round Rio
England team-mates backing Rio
Rio Ferdinand claimed in the build-up to England’s World Cup qualifier in Ukraine that no-one has got enough credit in the bank to be sure of their place under Fabio Capello. After Capello’s first competitive defeat, Ferdinand must have had a very uncomfortable flight home worrying whether his poor credit rating could see him axed from the England team. Ferdinand, 30, has been a rock at the heart of England’s defence at the last two World Cups with his place as an automatic first choice guaranteed. But the first cracks are appearing in Ferdinand’s make-up after being plagued by a string of injuries for the past year and a series of high-profile mistakes. Wayne Rooney said: “He’s a top defender. He’s had a few injuries of late. Everyone makes mistakes and he knows that he is a top player and he will forget about that and move on." John Terry added: "I don’t feel for Rio. I don’t have to look out for him. He’s a world-class player." John Cross, Daily Mirror
Ex-Reds centre-back Steve Bruce says Sir Alex will provide some reassuring words to Ferdinand. "Alex will do what he always does. He will pull him aside and say 'don't worry about anyone else, just please me'."
Most of the papers praise Wayne Rooney
's lung-busting performance against Ukraine on Saturday. The Mirror
says: "Rooney was all over the pitch. His energy is remarkable and he didn't deserve to be on the losing side."The Daily Mail
says Sir Alex Ferguson
is likely to be charged by the FA this week for comments made about referee Alan Wiley, despite his apology at the weekend.