Ferdinand fires parting shot
Updated Thursday, 9th February 2012
Rio Ferdinand took a farewell swipe at Fabio Capello on Thursday as he joined Wayne Rooney in endorsing Harry Redknapp as his choice to become England's new manager.
The Manchester United and England defender said the national team "don't need anything else lost in translation", an apparent dig at Italian Capello, whose poor command of the English language saw him face criticism during his four years in charge.
He wrote on Twitter: "I think we need an English manager now, we don't need anything else lost in translation....Harry Redknapp would be my choice by a distance."
Capello dramatically quit on Wednesday night following showdown talks with Football Association chairman David Bernstein at Wembley over the FA's decision to go over his head and strip John Terry of the England captaincy.
The FA took their action after Terry's trial for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand - Rio's brother - was scheduled for July, after the Euro 2012 finals. Terry denies the offence.
Rooney wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night: "Gutted capello has quit. Good guy and top coach. Got to be english to replace him. Harry redknapp for me."
Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton agreed, telling Sky News: "I think it's maybe Harry's time. He plays the game the right way."
Speaking during a visit to Sweden, Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I am sorry to see Fabio go. I think he was a good coach and a good man. I don't think he was right about the John Terry issue. You can't be captain with that question mark that needs to be answered."
Asked if Redknapp should take over, he said: "The day when the Prime Minister picks the England coach will be a very bad day for football but I am sure we will find someone really good and I am sure that we will play well when the time comes."