Rio Ferdinand factfile

Rio Ferdinand Photo: Press Association

1978: Born November 8, Peckham.

1995: Turns professional with West Ham.

1996: May - Makes West Ham debut as substitute in draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

1997: February - Scores first West Ham goal in defeat at Blackburn.

November - Becomes youngest defender to play for England when he makes debut against Cameroon at Wembley.

1998: Named in Glenn Hoddle's England World Cup squad but does not play at tournament in France.

2000: Left out of the England squad for Euro 2000 by Kevin Keegan. Makes British record #18million move to Leeds in November.

2002: Scores first England goal in 3-0 win over Denmark in World Cup second round.

July 21 - Leeds agree to sell Ferdinand to Manchester United for #29.1million, making him the world's most expensive defender.

2003: May - Earns first Premier League winner's medal.

October - Reported to the Football Association for failing to attend a drugs test, and left out of England squad for Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey because of the controversy.

December 18 - Receives eight-month ban and #50,000 fine over missed drugs test.

2004: January 20 - Ferdinand begins his ban, which means he misses Euro 2004.

2005: August 8 - Agrees new four-year deal with United.

2007: November 21 - Absent through injury as England lose 3-2 to Croatia at Wembley and fail to qualify for Euro 2008.

2008: March 26 - Captains England for the first time and wins his 65th cap in 1-0 defeat in France.

May 15 - Signs new five-year United deal.

May 21 - Captains United to a Champions League final victory over Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out in Moscow.

2009: May 16 - United wrap up third successive Premier League title.

May 27 - Part of United team beaten 2-0 by Barcelona in Champions League final.

2010: February 5 - Succeeds John Terry as England skipper after Chelsea defender is stripped of post by manager Fabio Capello following allegations about Terry's private life.

June 4 - Ruled out of World Cup after injuring ligaments in his left knee in training.

2011: March 19 - Loses England captaincy to Terry, ahead of Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales.

May - Wins another Premier League title with United - his fifth. United lose 3-1 to Barca in Champions League final at Wembley.

2012: February - Rules himself out of the running to captain England after Terry is stripped of the duty pending the outcome of a July trial. Terry is due to answer a charge of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, but is later acquitted.

May 16 - Left out of England's squad for Euro 2012. He later writes on Twitter: "Absolutely loved playing for england... to say I'm gutted is an understatement of the highest order..."

August 17 - Fined #45,000 by the FA for acknowledging a tweet which referred to Ashley Cole - who gave evidence in defence of John Terry in his trial - as a 'choc ice'.

December 9 - Struck by a coin thrown from the crowd at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium as United claim a 3-2 derby victory.

2013: March 5 - Escapes UEFA action after sarcastically applauding Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir at the end of home defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

March 14 - Recalled to the England squad for World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino and Montenegro but pulls out four days later due to concerns over a long-standing back injury.

March 21 - Forced to defend his decision to fly to Qatar to work as a television pundit for England's game against San Marino. Hodgson responds by saying he will "wait and see" when asked about Ferdinand's international future.

May 15 - Announces his retirement from England duty.