England have been boosted by the news that Rio Ferdinand is fit to join the squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia.

The Manchester United centre back sustained a suspected broken toe in his team's 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday. He has been a mainstay at the heart of the defence for both club and country and has formed a good partnership with new captain John Terry.

The prospect of losing him for Steve McClaren's first competitive games in charge was a major worry, but a scan on Sunday suggested the injury might be less severe than first feared.

Further medical examination yesterday has confirmed the damage is superficial bruising and United's doctors have now passed the 28-year-old fit to feature in the games on Saturday and September 6.

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