Ferdinand fit and ready for Croatia test

September 9, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Defender Rio Ferdinand has been declared fit and is available for England's crucial World Cup qualifier with Croatia.

The England vice-captain returned to training on Monday after missing the 2-0 win over Andorra in Barcelona at the weekend with a neck problem.

And head coach Fabio Capello is happy that the Manchester United star will be 100% ready for the clash with Slaven Bilic's side.

Capello said: "Rio is fit for the game and it is good to have him available because he is a leader and an important player."

Ferdinand will replace Joleon Lescott and his experience of the big occasion will be crucial with England aware of the need to avoid a repeat of the 2-0 defeat they suffered in a Euro 2008 qualifier in the same stadium two years ago.

Capello declared a clean bill of health for the rest of his squad.