Not sure that article says he shunned it.
It does point to him saying he didn't want to be captain - and who could blame him after he was made captain then stripped of it so Terry could have it back - after he was surrounded by allegations of relationships with team mates partners, selling the captaincy etc. If anybody shunned anything it was Cappelo who shunned the player.
For what its worth I'm not sure I'd want our campaign riding on Ferdinand's recent patchy injury record or Terry's suspect hamstrings etc but I don't buy into this myth you seem bent on creating that he 'shunned' anybody, I quote from your link:
However, in the interview , aired on BBC One on Saturday, 4 February, Ferdinand said he still wants to remain a part of the England team heading into Euro 2012.
"If I'm selected for the squad, then as usual I'll be delighted," he said.
"Playing for your country - being selected for your country - is a great achievement.
"I'll always feel privileged to be selected, so if that comes around again I'll happily meet up and give 100% as usual."
Still, be a shame to let the facts get in the way of a good rant I suppose.
"A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn’t the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn’t flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic."
"The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves."