Rio Ferdinand reveals England’s 2006 World Cup squad feared they would be KILLED amid severe turbulence as they flew home after being knocked out by Portugal… with players and their WAGs ‘screaming and crying’
- Ex-England star Rio Ferdinand revealed a horrific story of the 2006 World Cup
- He said the team feared their plane would crash after returning from Germany
- Players and their wives ‘shouted and cried’ after severe turbulence
Rio Ferdinand has revealed that England’s 2006 World Cup squad feared they would be killed in terrifying turbulence as they fly back from the tournament in Germany.
The Three Lions went home after being knocked out by Portugal in the quarter-finals, but their torment wasn’t over yet as they were forced to endure a nightmare, with players and their wives ‘crying’ in their seats.
Ferdinand, the former Manchester United and England defender, admitted he was even deeply shocked despite normally being ‘calm’ in similar situations, claiming he thought ‘this is it’ during the scary scenes.
Rio Ferdinand revealed England’s terrifying ordeal as he flew home from the 2006 World Cup
“We had just been knocked out of the league by Portugal in the quarter-finals and we had the worst flight back imaginable,” he said. The sun.
“We had terrible weather and everyone thought we were going to crash. We were all crying.’
Ferdinand was part of the so-called ‘golden generation’ of stars at the tournament including Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and David Beckham.
And the former defender feared the group would be wiped out, with luggage flying through the cabin and even the experienced flight attendants appearing concerned.
The former centre-back admitted that players and their wives ‘screamed and screamed’
The group aboard the plane was dubbed England’s ‘golden generation’, including stars such as Wayne Rooney (bottom left), Frank Lampard (top right) and Steven Gerrard (top center)
“I sat next to Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard and their wives and everyone was screaming. It was turbulence on another level. It was mental and people and luggage were everywhere and nobody knew what was going on.
“I definitely thought, ‘This is it, especially when I looked at the flight attendants.
“You can always tell how serious things are by their facial expressions and I looked at them and they were all sitting in their chairs with gritty faces and clearly thinking, ‘f***, we’re in trouble.’
“Normally I’m pretty calm, but when I looked at them I was pretty scared.”
Ferdinand became England captain during his illustrious career, taking 81 caps
During the tournament, Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team was eliminated on penalties against Cristiano Ronaldo and Co after a 0-0 draw.
Portugal had won the shootout 3-1 after misses by Lampard, Gerrard and Jamie Carragher to end their bid for glory in heartbreak.
Ferdinand, now a pundit after an illustrious career at United, took 81 caps for England and played in two major tournaments.
He was chosen as backup defender for the 1998 World Cup in France but was not selected for the 2000 Euro and missed the 2004 edition due to a drug ban.
And he suffered further misery on the international stage when he was banned from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa due to injury.