Ferdinand - Captaincy is not exclusive

Rio Ferdinand insists being England captain is not “the be all and end all.”

The 29-year-old captained Manchester United in the Champions League final against Chelsea and also led the national team in Fabio Capello’s second game in charge when they faced France in March.

However, the United defender is adamant he is not motivated by the possibility of being captain and that his main concern is winning trophies for both club and country.

Ferdinand told Sky Sports News: “I don’t really think about it. I think other people think about it and talk about it more than myself, it’s not the be all and end all for me.

“I’ve said from the beginning I go out to play football for my team and to try and win trophies.

“It’s not all about being captain – I’ve said many times the more captains there are on the pitch the better for the team.

“At United last season we had a lot of captains on the pitch no matter who wore the armband so if that happens with the England team then great.”

The former West Ham player admitted he would be interested in a career in management, saying: “A coaching role be it with a youth team or a first team, management maybe.

“But who knows? I’ve got a long way to go yet with my career. I’ve just signed a new deal with United and long may that continue.

“I think everyone sees a little bit of manager in themselves but whether you can do it or whether you get the opportunity is a different thing so I am concentrating on playing for now and if it does come around in the future then great.”

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