After playing at three World Cups, United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from international duty at the age of 34. The defender hasn’t played for England since June 2011, but got recalled to the last England squad for World Cup Qualifiers, before he pulled out due to his training regime.
England’s loss is United’s gain, Rio has been messed about by the national side for a couple of years now so its definitely the right time for him to call it a day. The centre-back is out of contract in the summer but after the season he’s had, he’ll surely get a contract offer in the not too distant future.
“After a great deal of thought, I have decided the time is right to retire from international football” He said. “I feel it is right for me to stand aside and let the younger players come through, which allows me to concentrate on my club career,” added the former West Ham and Leeds centre-back.
“The team looks in great shape and there is an influx of young, talented players coming through the ranks, which bodes well for the future.”
He added: “I regard it as a great honour and a privilege to have represented my country at every level from Under-17s upwards.I have always been very proud to play for England. I would like to wish Roy and the team all the best for future tournaments.”