Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has backed his England team-mate Sol Campbell to eventually return to form.
Campbell, 31, has struggled recently while playing for Arsenal, with Ferdinand and Chelsea’s John Terry appearing favourites for the two starting places in the heart of the England defence for the World Cup this summer.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed Campbell is going through a “difficult period” in his life, but Ferdinand is confident the former Tottenham defender will bounce back.
“No one knows what’s going on to be honest,” Ferdinand said. “Lots of people are passing judgement and giving their opinion on the situation.
“His football will do the talking at the end of the day and when he wants to come out and say what is happening or not happening he will do that.
“I will leave it to him to make his mind up and come back and play football the way he always has. It doesn’t matter who you are, no-one is immune to a lack of confidence. Sol is a fantastic player, he’s been consistent over the years, he’s proved that to himself and I’m sure he will continue to do that.”
England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson will leave his post after the World Cup, and Ferdinand is open minded about the Swede’s successor.
He added on talkSPORT: “As long as whoever comes in brings success, I’m sure everyone will be happy, so I have no preference.”