Rio's World Cup dream over

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Rio Ferdinand was on Friday ruled out of the World Cup.

The new England skipper suffered a knee ligament injury at the end of training on Friday lunchtime on the Three Lions' first full day in South Africa. He was immediately sent to a local hospital for a scan by manager Fabio Capello but the news has been bad enough to rule Ferdinand out of the entire tournament and he is expected to be sidelined until the middle of next month.

"Further to a scan arranged by the England medical staff immediately after training on Friday afternoon, Rio has been ruled out for four to six weeks and will therefore unfortunately miss the World Cup," said an FA statement.

"Tottenham Hotspur's Michael Dawson has been contacted and will fly to South Africa on Friday evening.

"Steven Gerrard will lead the England team as captain in the tournament."

Coach Fabio Capello was quick to stress the obvious disappointment at hearing the news.

"It is obviously bad news and everyone with the squad is very disappointed and sorry for Rio," he said.

"It was an accidental injury in training, but had nothing to do with the pitch."

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