Matteo named team captain

Last updated : 26 July 2002 By Brian Cartlidge

Captain Matteo & boss Venables
Matteo skippered Leeds in a pre-season friendly against Chinese side Green Town FC earlier this week and Venables has confirmed that the defender will take over the captains armband from the departed Rio Ferdinand for the forthcoming season.

The Scottish international, speaking in Australia on Leeds United Television, said: "I was captain in China and a couple of games last season when Rio was injured, so I've just taken it on from there really.

"I was disappointed to lose Rio because at times we had a good partnership together, he's a big loss to the club but we have to look forward now.

"We still have some very good players at this club and we will do alright without him."