Ferdinand made the comment, which prompted co-pundit Ian Wright to burst out laughing live on BT Sport, following Tuesday night’s Champions League matches.
Gerrard, who now plies his trade for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer, admitted he misses Liverpool and the Premier League but was told by Rio to call it a day when his body eventually gives up on him. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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“I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t miss the Premier League and playing for Liverpool and England,” Gerrard commented. “I’m sure Rio and Wrighty see it the same - you want to try and stretch it for as long as you can.”
Rio then produced this self-deprecating zinger: “Just don’t go on too long like I did, mate.”
Rio should have retired after leaving United
Ferdinand probably wishes he had hung up his boots, with the benefit of hindsight, after he left Manchester United in 2014.
His spell with Queens Park Rangers was largely forgettable: he made 12 appearances in all competitions and failed to prevent the Rs from relegation to the Championship.
Ferdinand, now 37, announced his retirement from football back in May and currently works as one of BT Sport’s main pundits. He’s doing a tremendous job in his new role, too.
Gerrard keen to play on
Gerrard, meanwhile, is combining his LA Galaxy career with his role as a BT Sport pundit over in England.
The 35-year-old, who was named in UEFA’s all-time XI this week, still believes he has plenty to offer and appears to have little desire to retire at this moment in time.
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