England boss Roy Hodgson has hailed Rio Ferdinand after the player decided to call time on his international footballing career.
The Manchester United defender withdrew from the England squad after his recall to the national side back in March, having missed out on Euro 2012.
There was plenty of controversy surrounding Ferdinand following that decision to pull out and now the 34-year-old has decided to call time on his career with the Three Lions.
Hodgson has taken time to praise Ferdinand for his performances for the national side and believes the centre-back has been a great servant to his country since making his debut in 1997.
The England boss said: “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 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.”
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