England captain John Terry is a major doubt for England's World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan on Saturday - meaning Rio Ferdinand could get the chance to lead his country once again.
Ferdinand, who admits he will consider his England career a disappointment if he does not win some silverware with his country, narrowly missed out on being handed the armband by Fabio Capello in August but is standing by to take over if the Chelsea man fails to shake off his back problem.
Terry has been troubled by the back complaint since a recurrence against CFR Cluj last week and while he was able to play a partial role in training on Wednesday after missing Tuesday's session, he did not complete it all.
While the Football Association have yet to officially rule Terry out of the match, reports suggest the likes of Matthew Upson and Joleon Lescott are already being readied to start on Saturday, and could even be required for the match with Belarus next week.
Emile Heskey is expected to be involved despite sitting out training on Wednesday with a back injury.
If called upon to lead the side, Ferdinand will be hoping to oversee two wins and help push England closer to a competition he is desperate to win.
The Manchester United defender has always said he will assess his success in the game by the number of trophies in his cabinet when he finally decides to retire.
Ferdinand admits a lack of success with the national team is a real bugbear, saying: "With England I have been very disappointed.
"It's not just that I have never won anything with England, I have not even been in a position to win something by getting to a major final.
"I regard that is disappointing and the hunger to achieve something is only enhanced by the trophies I have won with Manchester United."
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