Former West Ham star retires from football
Former Hammer Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from professional football after reading out a statement live on BT Sport.
Earlier this month, the defender’s wife Rebecca Ellison died from cancer and earlier this week he was released by QPR.
1978: Born November 8, Peckham.
1992: Joins West Ham youth Academy, scouted by Frank Lampard Senior.
1995: Turns professional with West Ham.
1996: May – Makes West Ham debut as substitute for Cottee in draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
1997: February – Scores first West Ham goal in defeat at Blackburn. November – Becomes youngest defender to play for England when he makes debut against Cameroon at Wembley.
1998: Named in Glenn Hoddle’s England World Cup squad but does not play at tournament in France but named Hammer of the year at West Ham.
2000: Left out of the England squad for Euro 2000 by Kevin Keegan. Makes British record £18million in move to Leeds in November.