Rio Ferdinand Injury Hurts England World Cup Hopes
England Captain Rio Ferdinand Knee Injury
England captain Rio Ferdinand suffered an injury to the ligaments in his left knee during training. Ferdinand will not be able to play in the 2010 World Cup tournament in South Africa.
Rio Ferdinand's injury seriously dampens England's hopes of making it to the World Cup final.
Rio Ferdinand joins England's rich tradition of star players getting injured on the eve of the World Cup. David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville, and Kevin Keegan are all members of that club, having either missed the tournament due to injury, or played at a reduced capacity.
Ferdinand, installed as captain following the travails of his defensive partner John Terry, left a local hospital on crutches after sustaining the injury during what Capello described as a "minor tackle". The ligament damage sustained to his left knee as a result was serious enough to rule him out of the tournament.