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Rio Ferdinand has been given permission to meet Fabio Capello next week and be officially anointed England's new captain. Sir Alex Ferguson says Rio can join Fabio Capello's squad next week, even though a back injury has ruled him out of Wednesday's friendly against Egypt at Wembley. "That's no problem for me," he said. "He won't be training here anyway. That's entirely up to Fabio, he can do that. It's no problem for me." Sir Alex has said Ferdinand is unlikely to be fit to face AC Milan on 10 March.
A number of the daily newspapers report on the suggestion that the FA Cup could primarily become a midweek competition to make it "more relevant" to younger fans. FA chief executive Ian Watmore thinks the competition's lost lustre could be recaptured by playing under floodlights, citing midweek replays as similar to the magic of Champions League nights.