After 16 years of playing for England, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, has announced his retirement from International football to concentrate on his club career. Ferdinand started playing for England in 1997. The footballer explained why he quit England in a statement released today:
'After a great deal of thought, I have decided the time is right for me
to retire from international football. At the age of 34, 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.
'The team looks in great shape and there is an influx of young,
talented players coming through the ranks which bodes well for the
'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.
'A big thank you to all the fans, managers, coaching staff and
players that I have worked alongside - the journey has been incredible.'