The City defender views his Manchester rival as a big influence.
Former England Under-21 stalwart Nedum Onuoha has an idea about what’s needed to take the next step in becoming a senior international.
The Manchester City defender played a major role in the 2007 and 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championships and is now hoping to break through into the senior set-up, a feat achieved by a former Young Lion and favourite of Onouha, Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand made five appearances for the Under-21s and is a player Onuoha admires.
“He’s seems very calm in any situation,” says Onuoha. “That makes him an important part of the team. He’s also a very good defender, too, making him an extremely valuable player for club and country.
“Having played against him also, I know he’s very strong and commanding, but it’s not just that. He makes things look easy.
"The two first choice centre-backs for England, Rio and John Terry, are the benchmark for all players. They’re not just good defenders – they can both play football. If you want to get near them, you have to keep improving your game.”