Rio in Africa
England captain Rio Ferdinand has claimed that the Three Lions still have a great deal of hard work ahead of them with the World Cup finals fast approaching.
Fabio Capello’s men get their World Cup campaign underway in just over two weeks’ time when they face the USA on June 12 and despite victory over Mexico at Wembley on Monday, Ferdinand insists that preparations for South Africa are by no means at an end.
“There is still a lot of hard work and preparation to do,” the Manchester United centre-back said.
“We still need to get the manager’s ideas out on to the pitch when we are playing.
“We must continue to work hard and maintain our focus and hopefully when the matches start, we are in the right shape to get out there and do the job.”
England picked up a 3-1 win over the Mexicans earlier in the week in what was their final friendly encounter on home soil before they head off to the World Cup finals and Ferdinand believes that Capello will have taken a lot away from the game.
“You learn things with every game and I’m sure the manager learned a lot of good things on Monday,” he added.
“There were also some negative things which will be talked about as well.”
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson grabbed the headlines with a terrific third goal in the second half and Ferdinand is hoping that the goals will continue to come from all over the pitch in South Africa.
“Glen is a talented player,” the former West Ham United man continued.
“It was good to see the goals shared around. Hopefully that will bode well for the tournament.”