“Depression, Injury & Fitness Caused Me To Retire Playing For England” Reveals Rio Ferdinand

Sep 30, 13 “Depression, Injury & Fitness Caused Me To Retire Playing For England” Reveals Rio Ferdinand

I know that people presume that footballers have everything that is possible needed and the world at their feet, but at the end of the day these people are just humans likes us all and at times their bodies and minds will break down just as it could do to any of us. To be honest these sports people are properly under more pressure that any of us could ever imagine and if someone like Rio Ferdinand can go through such painful times as a person who has been playing at the top for many years, then I believe we can learn a great deal from such people as he struck to his guns and put his body and mind first instead of giving in to the pressure from fans and management to go back to represent his Country when he knew his body and mind would not to able to take it.

I think Rio deserves a lot of credit for this as the Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed that depression, injuries and poor fitness forced him to call time on his England career.

Ferdinand was at the centre of a well publicized club v country row after he sensationally pulled out of England’s World Cup 2014 qualification double header against San Marino and Montenegro in March.

 

Rio suffered badly with Depression that arose from a injury hell period - Picture by www.thesun.co.uk - SHAUN CUSTIS.

Rio suffered badly with Depression that arose from a injury hell period – Picture by www.thesun.co.uk – SHAUN CUSTIS.

 

The 34-year-old ace claimed he did so in order to continue a specialist rehab programme set up for him by medics at Manchester United although the argument failed to wash on critics who lambasted his lack of commitment after two years in the international wilderness.

However, speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Ferdinand revealed that far from being ‘uncommitted’, it was a spate of injuries as well as depression which forced him to pull the curtain down on his time with the national team.

“I couldn’t sacrifice my fitness for the sake of a few more England caps,” he said candidly.

“It would not have been fair on United, it would have been a disservice to the club and to England. I’ve always been a team player. It is only now I can talk about what I was really going through.

Despite his injury woes with The Three Lions, Rio played an integral part as Manchester United bagged their 20th Premier League crown although for the giant number 5, the season was not without its worries.

“I was trying to put a brave face on it but of course I was worried about the future,” he admitted. Two or three years ago people were saying I was finished and I remember those dark days. I was in a depressive state. I will admit that.

“I couldn’t even go in the garden and have a little kickabout with the kids. It was embarrassing. I couldn’t pick them up and put them on my shoulders because of the pain,” he added.

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