Captain confident of turnaround
Tuesday, 12 October, 2010
Ferdinand takes positives after dropped points at Wembley.
By Marc Isaacs
Rio Ferdinand believes England can still take a lot of positives from their 0-0 draw against Montenegro and is confident they can qualify for the European Championship in 2012.
Fabio Capello’s side managed to maintain their unbeaten start but they will be disappointed they could not take all three points in front of their home crowd.
Despite the setback, Ferdinand is hopeful that England will get back on the winning trail in their next game and regain their position at the top of the group.
Ferdinand said: “We didn’t concede. We were solid from front to back and I think we deserved better. They hit the bar late on but we were on the front foot and created chances. We should be winning games like this.
“You want to please manager and fans but it wasn’t meant to be.
“The manager wanted to quicken it up and we changed it in the second half. We created half-chances but didn’t put the ball in back of net which was disappointing.
“We have to go there [to Montenegro]. It will be a tough game but we can go there with confidence and play the rest of the games with a lot of confidence.
Ferdinand was disappointed that England were not awarded a penalty late in the game when Milan Jovanovic appeared to handle a cross from Ashley Cole.
“I don’t think I need to see the handball again. I’m surprised the linesman didn’t see it,” Ferdinand added.