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.
– Rio Ferdinand
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.