Rio Ferdinand’s time to shine is now

With John Terry’s international retirement and Nemanja Vidic ruled out for two months after knee surgery, now is the perfect time for Rio Ferdinand to show he’s still got it.

Following the news of Terry’s retirement from international football on Monday, fingers were pointing towards Rio Ferdinand to make a comeback to the England set-up. However, he won’t be without his competition and, with Vidic’s injury a massive blow for United, Ferdinand can now step up to the plate and prove he can still be England’s No. 1 centre-back.

Whilst some welcomed the news with opens ears, other names were soon circulating in the media and social networking sites as to who could replace Terry, and Ferdinand wasn’t one of them. Phil Jagielka has been tipped by some, whilst Gary Cahill and Ryan Shawcross are also more than capable of filling the void left by JT. Ferdinand, already capped 81 times and approaching his 34th birthday, may not be able to compete against such up-and-coming talent vying for a regular spot in Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up.

With Ferdinand being left out of Hodgson’s most recent England squad for “football reasons”, amid fears of a rift between him and Terry in the aftermath of Terry’s run-in with brother Anton Ferdinand thought to be a danger in disrupting the dressing room atmosphere, his place not only as vice-captain but as an England player is on thin ice. Now he has the chance to correct this.

Manchester United have been dealt a hammer blow after Nemanja Vidic, who had previously hoped to make his return against Tottenham on Saturday, has been ruled out for two months after undergoing knee surgery. The weight of expectation in defence will now fall upon Ferdinand to perform, and as far and away the most experienced defender in the squad, will be relied upon to help keep United’s defence secure.

With Johnny Evans, Ferdinand led the defensive line in United’s recent 2-1 victory over 10-man Liverpool, and this can help inject some assurance into a squad now void of the strong Serbian.

During Vidic’s two months on the sidelines, he will miss United’s trip to Chelsea in October, as well as home ties against Tottenham and Arsenal. Fans will be hoping he will be fit in no more than two months, as Sir Alex Ferguson will face title rivals Manchester City at the Etihad stadium on 8th December.

If Ferdinand wants to pledge his worth to Roy Hodgson, the perfect time is now more than ever. As a regular in the United starting line-up, Ferdinand will be hoping for a stream of impressive performances – as well as a few clean sheets – if he is to catch the eye of the national team’s manager.

Is Rio Ferdinand worthy of an England call-up, and how will Vidic’s injury affect the team?

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