Rio Ferdinand will put his differences with John Terry and Ashley Cole to one side in order to appear in a charity game at Old Trafford next month.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand will line-up alongside his former England team-mates in David Beckham’s team for the Match for Children charity game, which takes place on Novebmer 14.
Chelsea skipper Terry was found guilty by the FA of using abusive language towards Ferdinand’s brother Anton during a Premier League game between the Blues and QPR in 2011, with Cole giving evidence on behalf of his then-Chelsea team-mate at a magistrates hearing that saw Terry cleared of a racial abuse charge over the incident.
Terry was banned for four matches following the incident and fined £220,000 and the incident effectively ended Terry’s international career and brought about the resignation of Fabio Capello ahead of the 2012 Euros, due to the Italian’s grievances with the FA, after they would not let Terry continue as Three Lions skipper while the case was pending.
As well as falling out with former international colleague Terry, Ferdinand’s friendship with Cole also ended.
“Three years later I find it impossible to forgive or forget the pain he (Terry) put my family through,” Ferdinand later wrote in his autobiography.
“Cole, who’d been a good friend of mine and had known Anton since he was a kid, betrayed that friendship.
“The biggest idiot of all was John Terry who could have saved everyone a lot of pain by admitting immediately that he had used the words in the heat of the moment but was no racist. I think that’s probably what happened and what the truth is. We would have accepted that but he never gave us the chance.”
It would appear that the match in aid of Unicef has helped build bridges between the trio, as the three players will form the back-line for Sir Alex Ferguson’s Great Britain side in the game next month.
Jamie Carragher, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Andy Cole, David Seaman and Michael Owen will also appear for Ferguson’s side, who will play a Rest of the World XI.
Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will take charge of that side, with Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Luis Figo, Patrick Kluivert, Patrick Vieira and Cafu appearing alongside former United favourites Edwin van der Sar and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.