WATCH - Irish-qualifed Rio Ferdinand reveals how FAI tried to poach him before he became an England international
Rio Ferdinand has revealed how the FAI tried to poach him to play for Ireland when he was younger.
Speaking to the RTE's Today Show at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2017, the former Leeds and Manchester United star whe qualifies to play for the Republic of Ireland through his mum Janice, who is of Irish descent, revealed that the FAI did approach him.
"They were too late. They sent us a letter and stuff but listen, I'm born and bred in England... I love a pint of Guinness but it wasn't going to happen," he said.
Ferdinand, who started his career at West Ham in 1995, became the most expensive English player when he joined United from Leeds for £29.1m in 2002 and won 81 caps for his country.