Ferdinand will play anywhere

Black Cats ace has no qualms about taking unfamiliar roles

Ferdinand: Team player

Anton Ferdinand claims he is prepared to play wherever Steve Bruce needs him as Sunderland continue to toil.

The £8million defender has endured a frustrating season, slipping down the pecking order in the wake of an alarming slump in form which has seen the Black Cats go 13 games without a win.

Ferdinand has seen Michael Turner, John Mensah and Paulo da Silva move ahead of him in the battle to secure starting berths at centre-half.

He has also seen a niggling ankle problem keep him sidelined for two months at a crucial stage of the campaign.

The 25-year-old was, however, drafted back into the fold for the recent 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

Ferdinand was unable to prevent Sunderland's woes from deepening at Emirates Stadium but, having filled in at left-back and in midfield during that contest, insists he is happy to help out where required.

He told the Sunderland Echo: "If the gaffer wants me to play left-back, I will do it. If he wants me to play right wing, I will do it.

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"It has been a very frustrating period for me. I'm used to being one of the focal points of the team, and it has been difficult.

"These are the things that make you the player you are.

"No-one has seen me sulk or walk about saying I should be in the team instead of someone else. That's not the person I am.

"I give my best to the boys and treat each game the same whether I'm playing or not.

"It would be unfair on the boys who are playing if I acted any other way.

"I'm happy to be back now and hopefully I can contribute to the team."