Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand may retire from international football, depending on how he recovers from the calf injury that has kept him out of action since February 2.
32-year-old Ferdinand, the most expensive defender in history – after his transfer from Leeds United to Old Trafford in 2002 – is keeping his options open about international retirement as he looks to prolong his club career.
On Thursday, Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, revealed Ferdinand would be unlikely to play again this season due to his latest injury setback, and the defenders body has certainly shown the signs of wear and tear more in the last few years.
The elegant defender, who has 80 caps for his country, has missed 47 of 76 matches United have played in the Premier League since March 2009, thanks to an assortment of back, calf and thigh injuries. Furthermore, he has featured in only eight of 25 England fixtures since October 2008.
Ferdinand has made no decision yet, and it isn’t one that a player who has been extremely proud to captain his country will take lightly.
However, it’s believed that the player could take the step to leave the international game when he eventually returns to fitness, and is in a position to assess if his body can cope with the gruelling schedule of Champions League, Premier League and European Championship qualifiers and finals during the next campaign.