Rio Ferdinand has revealed he put career before country when he decided not to play for England again.
PA Sport
16 Jun 2013 - 11:44 AM  UPDATED 16 Jun 2013 - 1:07 PM

The 34-year-old Manchester United defender could have answered England manager
Roy Hodgson's call but instead chose to extend his playing career.

Ferdinand told the Sunday Sun: "Basically, I could play for another three or four years - or play two or three games for England and be finished in a year. It wasn't a contest.

"I couldn't sacrifice my fitness for the sake of a few more England caps.

"It would not have been fair on United, it would have been a disservice to the club and to England."

Ferdinand also revealed he considered quitting the game when Sir
Alex Ferguson announced his retirement.

He said: "Sir Alex leaving did make me think: Is it time for me to go too?"