England lose Bent, Rio is captain

Darren Bent is out of England's Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Montenegro on Tuesday night, when Rio Ferdinand will again captain the side.

Last Updated: 11/10/10 at 13:37

Bent: Groin injury

Bent: Groin injury

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Sunderland striker Bent has been forced to pull out of Fabio Capello's squad after suffering a groin injury in training on Monday.

That means Peter Crouch is almost certain to start up front alongside Wayne Rooney in the crucial Group G clash at Wembley (kick-off 8pm).

Capello told a press conference televised by Sky Sports News: "Darren Bent is out - I think we will play Peter Crouch."

Central defenders John Terry (back) and Phil Jagielka (hamstring) have already withdrawn from the squad because of injury, although Ferdinand is back in the side - and will regain the captain's armband from Steven Gerrard.

Capello continued: "I spoke with Steven yesterday evening and explained why Rio will be captain against Montenegro. He understood everything - he knows the rules. I have also told the players that Rio would be captain.

"I decided when I started as England manager who will be the captain and the vice-captain. The players understand why Rio is the captain, and after him Steven Gerrard, and after Gerrard another one.

"When I spoke with Steven, I told him, 'you were a fantastic captain and you have to play like a captain tomorrow."'

Capello is confident Ferdinand's knee problems are behind him, adding: "I have monitored him - he is fit completely. Also I watched the game against Valencia. I think now he's 100% fit.

"There is no problem about Rio's injuries. He's really good when he plays.

"He's really important for the other players, he speaks a lot during the game. It's really important for me, I prefer this kind of player on the pitch."

The Italian did not feel the need to call up another central defender following Terry's withdrawal, adding: "I've worked with the back four and I have big confidence in these players. The ones who are here are good at the moment.

"Hopefully we will play in the same style as we did against Switzerland."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Fixtures

Thursday, 09 October 2014
19:45
Belarus v Ukraine  
England v San Marino  
Liechtenstein v Montenegro  
Lithuania v Estonia  
Macedonia v Luxembourg  
Moldova v Austria  
Slovakia v Spain  
Slovenia v Switzerland  
Sweden v Russia  
Friday, 10 October 2014
Belgium v Andorra  

Footer 365

Europa League: Everton boss Roberto Martinez delighted with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Roberto Martinez was delighted with Everton's display as they brushed aside Wolfsburg to win 4-1 in the Europa League.

Europa League: Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino hits out at Partizan banner

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino was angered by the "unacceptable" anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan fans.

Europa League: Everton open Group H campaign with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Everton opened their Europa League Group H campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park.

Mail Box

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property