Rio Ferdinand retires from international football

  • 15 May 2013
Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has announced he's retired from international duty with England.

Rio won 81 caps for his country, but hasn't played for the three lions since 2011.

"After a great deal of thought, I have decided the time is right to retire from international football," he said.

"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." he added.

England manager Roy Hodgson praised Ferdinand's record, saying: "To have captained his country, and to play at three World Cups, marks him out among a very special group of players."