Rio Ferdinand does not believe David Beckham´s restoration to the England captaincy is a politically-motivated stunt and sees him as a genuine rival when the armband is handed out for the long term.

The Manchester United defender has been one of three players to be made skipper by coach Fabio Capello so far - along with John Terry and Steven Gerrard - while Beckham will lead out the Three Lions for Sunday night´s friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain.

When asked if he thought Beckham could be in the running to be captain on a permanent basis, Ferdinand told BBC Radio Five Live´s Sportsweek programme: "Why not? The manager made it quite clear he was going to give it to people and see how they dealt with it and then he´d make his decision,"

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