Manchester United’s English defender Rio Ferdinand has called time on his international career.
34-year old Ferdinand won 81 caps with England, said his desire to keep playing for United was a factor in the decision.
“After a great deal of thought, I have decided the time is right for me to retire from international football,” Ferdinand said in a statement on the FA’s official website.
“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 Under-17s 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.”
England boss Roy Hodgson said Ferdinand, whose last England game came in 2011, could be proud of his achievements for the Three Lion over a 14-year international career.
Ferdinand made his England debut at the age of 19 against Cameroon in 1997 and went to three World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006) with his country.