Ferdinand admits England team faces tough challenge to win back supporters

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London, July 1(ANI): Injured England captain Rio Ferdinand has said that the biggest challenge for his team is to win back the support of football fans, who are depressed following the disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa.

Ferdinand also said that team needs to work its way back and qualify for the Euro 2012.

"We are all football fans, everyone has an opinion and I understand why a lot of people in the country aren't happy. We've been here before. We didn't qualify for Euro 2008 and we have to work our way back again," The Sun quoted Ferdinand, as saying.

"The public want to see us do well and we understand they get angry when we don't produce the results, but the new season will soon be on us and everybody will be trying to get their heads up again. I'm sure the supporters want to see us qualify for Euro 2012 and they will get behind us," he added.

Ferdinand further said that the FA's decision to retain manager Fabio Capello was right, as the "manager must be given his chance to get it right".

"It was commonsense to keep him on. There were other candidates of course, like Harry Redknapp who I have huge respect for, but this is not the time for a change. No matter who you are, whether a player or a manager, you go soul searching when things go wrong, analyzing the reasons and wondering what you should have done differently," Ferdinand said.

"The manager will be doing that and so will the players," he added.

England's Euro 2012 campaign starts against Bulgaria at Wembley on September 3. (ANI)

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