Old Trafford centre-back quits international football.
34 year old Man United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from the England national team.
The veteran defender has stated his intention to concentrate on his club career and with the former West Ham and Leeds United man still waiting to sign a new Man United contract, with his current deal ending this summer, one would imagine such a move could help prolong his future at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand’s last represented his country in June 2011 but was recalled by Roy Hodgson in March but the Man United pulled out of the England squad citing a ‘pre-planned fitness programme’ as the reasoning for doing so but then angered many by flying to the Middle-East to commentate on the match with San Marino.
Ferdinand collected 81 caps.
“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.
“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.”