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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has hinted that he still considers the England captaincy his, despite Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard currently wearing the armband in matches.

The United man would have captained the Three Lions at this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa, but a knee injury ruled him out of the tournament.

Missing the chance to lead his national side at the game's biggest tournament rankles, but Ferdinand is still keen to captain England again.

"Leading your country at a tournament like that is an honour. I did not get to fulfil that," the United defender said, according to The Sun.

When asked whether he still considers himself captain, Ferdinand insisted: "I think Capello said that a while ago.

"I think he answered it the last time the squad were together."

Capello did indeed confirm that he considered Ferdinand his captain following last month's friendly win over Hungary at Wembley, stating: "Rio is the captain, Gerrard is the vice- captain. Rio will be fit, we hope shortly, and he will be captain."

However, that stance seems to have altered after Gerrard's fine displays as skipper in the Three Lions' impressive opening to their Euro 2012 qualification campaign.

"For me the performance of the player is important, not the armband. It is not a priority for me. The armband is not important," the Italian revealed.

England's next game is the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on October 12.

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