Rio Ferdinand has revealed he feared England’s ‘Golden Generation’ would be wiped out when the plane conveying them back home from the 2006 World Cup in Germany hit severe turbulence.
The former Manchester United defender recalled how luggage was bouncing around the cabin as the private jet carrying himself, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and their wives flew into bad weather.
He was quoted by Daily Mail saying:
“We’d just been knocked out by Portugal in the quarter-finals and we had the worst flight back you can imagine
“We got caught up in some terrible weather and everybody thought we were going to crash. We were all crying.
“I was sat near 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 all over the place and no one knew what was going on.
“I definitely thought, “this is it”, especially when I looked at the air stewardesses.
“You can always gauge how serious things are by their expressions and I looked at them and they were all sat down in their seats stony faced and clearly thinking, f***, we’re in trouble. “