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Sheree Murphy 'saddened' by death of Ferdinand's wife

Former Emmerdale actress and wife of footballer Harry Kewell, Sheree Murphy, has said she is "so shocked and saddened" to hear of Rebecca Ellison's death.

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Bleakley and Lampard send their prayers to Ferdinand

Presenter Christine Bleakley said she and her fiance Frank Lampard are "sending our love and prayers" to Rio Ferdinand and his family following the death of his wife Rebecca.

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Arsenal and Liverpool show support for Ferdinand

Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool have offered their support to QPR defender Rio Ferdinand after his wife died of cancer.

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QPR players to wear armbands for Liverpool match

Queens Park Rangers players will wear black armbands today during their Premier League match against Liverpool following the death of Rio Ferdinand's wife.

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QPR: 'Thoughts of everyone' with Rio Ferdinand

Queen's Park Rangers has said the club's thoughts are with Rio Ferdinand and his family after his wife Rebecca died after a short battle with cancer.

Ferdinand reflects on his days as West Ham apprentice

National Apprentice Week, which started today, is designed to highlight the positive impact apprentices can have on individuals, on business and on the economy.

This is a fact not lost on Rio Ferdinand, who still remembers his early days as an apprentice at West Ham.

Ferdinand said:

"Cleaning boots, cleaning the shower, cleaning the first team changing rooms, and getting a grilling from the senior players if you didn't clean the boots properly....

"It gives you a good grounding and it's a good place to start so you appreciate things a bit more when you do well and enjoy your career."

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Rio gets behind 'National Apprentice Week'

Rio Ferdinand at his restaurant in Manchester Credit: Granada Reports

Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has been getting behind National Apprenticeship Week - which started today.

Manchester College has pledged to place 50 local young people into jobs in five days.

The first apprentice to take up a job is 18-year-old Rhys Owen, who is starting as a chef in Ferdinand's restaurant in Manchester Rosso.

Apprentice chef Rhys Owen on his first day at work at Rosso Credit: Granada Reports
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