Captain Ferdinand disappointed but positive

26 March 2008
England captain Rio Ferdinand was proud to lead his country out in Paris for the first time, though he would have been even happier had Fabio Capello's team not been defeated 1-0 by a first half French penalty. Regardless of his personal delight at being handed the arm band by the Italian, Ferdinand insisted the team was more important and that under the former Real Madrid and AC Milan coach England will rapidly improve.

The Manchester United centre-back said: "I am very honoured to have been given the chance to captain England today and it would have been nice to have got a win. It was disappointing to lose as captain. There was no prouder man than me on the planet today, when I led England out as captain. But it is not about personal landmarks or personal accolades, it is more about the team.

"You could say that we look a stride forward in certain areas. We were getting on the ball and in the first half we were passing it round very well, maybe without creating many openings, but they couldn't get near us at times.

"(Capello) is bringing new things to the table each time we meet up. Each training session there is something positive and constructive to take something out of it. I'm sure if we take things on board you will see a great improvement in our team.

"I would be honoured and delighted (to continue as captain), but who knows what will happen - we'll take it game by game."