OUR FERDY'S THE SURPRISE PACKAGE.
BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce told us that there were 20 murders in Fortaleza last week. That's a quite staggering statistic, especially when you consider none of the victims was a BBC or ITV pundit. Most of the TV pundits have been found wanting - what they are wanting most is English lessons, particularly the English ones. But exempt from criticism is wobbly-gobbed BBC pundit Rio Ferdinand (pictured). Rio has been surprisingly articulate and insightful, although he does have an unfortunate habit of talking out of the side of his mouth, as if always letting us in on a secret. There is one unsettling thing about him, though. Look anyone in the eye and chances are you'll see only threequarters of their eyeball, the top quarter shielded by eyelid. But with Rio you get the whole ball. It gives him a permanently startled expression, like he's just seen Danny Welbad have a good game.