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Gerrard 'not interested' in Rio's England identity claims

England captain Steven Gerrard has hit back at Rio Ferdinand's claims that the national side has lacked an identity since Glenn Hoddle was the manager.

Answering a question from ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott, the midfielder said: "I'm not interested in what Rio Ferdinand has to say about this group of players.

"When you play for England there's always a lot of opinions outside the group, especially in a World Cup year...but when we're inside (the group) we don't take much notice of what is said outside."

He added that he disagreed with Ferdinand's comments and felt the current England squad did have an identity.

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Ferdinand calls Man United's draw 'a mad result'

Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand said today's 5-5 draw with West Brom was "a mad result", but pondered that Sir Alex Ferguson's last game as manager was never going to be a boring one:

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Rio Ferdinand is one of 'a very special group of players'

It is important to pay tribute to someone of Rio’s stature and the achievements he had in a senior international career with England over 14 years at the highest level.

To have captained his country, to play at three World Cups and indeed score in one of those, marks him out amongst a very special group of players.

I appreciated the call from Rio to inform me of his decision, which clearly he had spent much time considering before reaching this point.

I wish him all the best in his club career, and I’m sure the former managers he played under and every England fan will join me in thanking him for his service.

– Roy Hodgson, England Manager

Rio Ferdinand: 'The journey has been incredible'

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 future.

I regard it as a great honour and a privilege to have represented my country at every level from U17s 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.

– Rio Ferdinand

Rio announces international football retirement

Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand who lifted the Premier League title for the sixth time on Sunday, has announced his retirement after earning 81 caps.

Ferdinand made his debut against Cameroon at Wembley in 1997, which at the time made him the youngest ever defender to play for England.

Ferdinand celebrates win with 'sing songs galore'

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said the squad celebrated lifting the Premier League trophy with "sing songs" on a "decent night out".

An open-top bus tour will parade through the city later today, beginning at Old Trafford at 6pm.

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BT signs Rio Ferdinand for TV sports coverage

Ferdinand has played 486 Premier League games and has 81 England caps. Credit: PA

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has signed a three-year deal with BT Sport as the company prepares to launch its new sports TV channel.

BT said Ferdinand would be employed as an "interviewer, programme-maker and football expert."

The new channel will broadcast 38 Premier League fixtures next season as well as top flight games from Italy, France, Brazil and USA.

Ferdinand said: “I am really excited about joining BT Sport. I will be doing a lot more than sitting on a sofa working as a football expert.

"I am going to be able to make programmes for BT Sport, not just about football, but also about other things that I am passionate about."

Rio Ferdinand praises Sir Alex's 'desire to win'

Rio Ferdinand has become the first current Manchester United player to react to the news of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

England fans reported to FIFA for alleged racist chants

The claims of racism marred England's easy 8-0 victory against the football minnows. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

An anti-racism group has filed a complaint to FIFA over alleged racist chanting towards Rio and Anton Ferdinand by a section of England football fans during last week's World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

The group, Football Against Racism in Europe, filed the complaint after Friday's 8-0 victory in Serraville.

Rio Ferdinand pulled out of the squad because the fixture apparently clashed with his training programme.

It was the first time the Manchester United defender had been selected for the national team since his brother's high-profile racism court battle with former England captain John Terry.

Rio Ferdinand defends 15-hour round trip to Qatar

Rio Ferdinand has defended his decision to fly to Qatar to be a TV pundit for England’s match against San Marino despite having to withdraw from the squad through injury.

The Manchester United defender has flown to Doha, which is a 15-hour round trip, to work as a pundit for Al Jazeera as they present live coverage of the game, according to the Daily Mail.

The 34-year-old - who suffers from a chronic back problem - announced his decision to withdraw from the squad on Monday due to his “intricate pre-planned programme”.

Ferdinand was quick to defend his decision on Twitter:

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