England star Rio Ferdinand, revealed that the Three Lions suffered a massive scare when their plane suffered turbulence on the way home.
We rarely hear stories like the one Rio Ferdinand just shared about England’s scariest moment during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, which took place right after they got eliminated by Portugal in the competition and they were flying back to their country.
On a private jet coming back from Germany, was one of England’s most talented generations of players formed by Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, John Terry David Beckham, and Rio Ferdinand himself.
The moment was truly scary for all of them as they experienced severe turbulence during the flight and were close to crashing the plane for a moment during the flight back to England, the former Manchester United defender shared his story with The Sun for the first time and shared a detailed explanation of what exactly happened that time.
Just thinking what could’ve happened on that flight brings goosebumps, as all those English players came very close to meeting the same fate as other football squads such as Manchester United, Torino, and Chapecoense more recently.
— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) December 9, 2018
Ferdinand’s telling of the incident came this weekend during an interview with The Sun, in which he also spoke about his personal experience sharing a bedroom with Frank Lampard during that time of the World Cup in 2006.
“We’d just been knocked out of the competition by Portugal in the quarterfinals 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.’”
“I’m usually quite calm but then I looked at them and I was properly scared,” he concluded.
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— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 8, 2018
Fortunately for everybody else, all those players lived on to tell the tale and also built impressive careers after that moment.
Rio Ferdinand went on to become one of England’s most celebrated defenders due to his key role in Manchester United’s 2008 Champions League trophy, he achieved it alongside Wayne Rooney who became England’s all-time top scorer and recently played his farewell match for the Three Lions.
As far as Lampard and Terry goes, they both were part of that 2012 Chelsea side that eliminated Pep Guardiola’s FC Barcelona and won the Champions League that season.
David Beckham got his proper retirement and still lives on as one of England’s icons in both the football and fashion industries, we are fortunate that none of them met a terrible fate that time because the world would’ve missed the making of legendary English football figures.
Rio Ferdinand is one of his country’s most respected pundits for several channels in English football, he is also one of Jose Mourinho’s harshest critics and even dabbled in boxing for a little while.
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