Ferdinand has had to deal with widespread media attention following allegations that he was the victim of racist abuse from John Terry during last weekend’s game against Chelsea.
And although Warnock’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday, the QPR boss was delighted with Ferdinand’s performance and claimed the former Sunderland centre-half was the best player on the pitch.
“I thought that Anton Ferdinand was head and shoulders the man of the match,” Warnock said.
“Anton hasn’t put a foot wrong since he came here. He can be better and he definitely has the potential to play at the top level for England.
“He started off thinking he was a bit of a Franz Beckenbauer but he’s defending now. That’s what you want from your centre-halves.
“He’s a good defender, a good lad and I thought that was a good performance today. It speaks volumes for his character, absolutely.
“He’s led us at times this season. I didn’t think the situation affected him. It doesn’t affect us at all. I thought he was absolutely magnificent.”
Meanwhile, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp also reserved praise for the defender after his uncomfortable week in the spotlight.
“I’ve known Anton since he was 11 or 12, when he used to come with his brother, Rio, to West Ham,” Redknapp said.
“They are a good family, the Ferdinands, they’ve been well brought up, they are nice people. It’s been a difficult week for the kid; he has been under scrutiny. He came through all right.”
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