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Captain insists debut was 'one of the proudest moments of my life'

As England prepare to face France on Wednesday evening, Rio Ferdinand is delighted that Fabio Capello is looking to the future, and giving the country's young talent an opportunity to set up to the international plate.

With the selection of Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Kieran Gibbs, the Manchester United defender is happy that new, younger players are been given their chance to impress at international level.

“I think it is fantastic," said the England captain in a press conference on Tuesday. "There is nothing better than seeing a young lad get his first cap and go out there and lap it all up. 

"I remember my debut, and it is one of the proudest moments of your life. I hope they go out there and enjoy it and put in a performance.

"We have got a lot of young players who are hungry and want to come in and do well. We have full confidence in them. They are not fazed these young lads.

"The best thing about it is that they know each from coming through the youth ranks and Under-21s. They’re loving it. That is what it is about."

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