EXCLUSIVE: Rio WILL go to Euro 2012
Published 22:30 09/11/11 By John Cross
Rio Ferdinand has been told he has an England future - and is going to Euro 2012.
England boss Fabio Capello has telephoned Ferdinand to reassure him after leaving the Manchester United defender out of his squad for the Wembley double header.
Capello told 33-year-old Ferdinand that he still sees him as a major part of his plans for Euro 2012 and only left him out this weekend to look at younger players.
It is believed that Capello also told Ferdinand that he picked John Terry on the basis that the Chelsea defender is his captain and there was nothing personal.
But the reassuring phone call which came this week was all about telling Ferdinand that he should not worry about his England place.
Ferdinand, who has won 81 caps, has been left out of the past few squads but has been fully fit in the last few weeks so being overlooked for Spain and Sweden was a surprise.
It also came as Ferdinand has seen his brother Anton embroiled in the Terry racism row.
Ferdinand is being protective towards his brother and being included in the England squad could have caused a potentially embarrassing situation with Terry.
But Capello told Ferdinand that the omission was all about looking at different younger players.