Former England national team defender Rio Ferdinand has sensationally revealed that the team thought they were going to crash on their flight home back from the FIFA World Cup in 2006.
The team, led by Sven Goran-Eriksson lost to Portugal in the quarter-final in the World Cup held in Germany and Ferdinand has given a sneak-peek into how their generation of stars felt during their flight, including a moment when the turbulence led to some players thinking they were going to crash.
He revealed that players like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard were in tears due to the turbulence and Ferdinand too lost his calm when he saw the look on the face of his teammates and the stewardess on the private jet.
"We’d just been knocked out of the competition by Portugal in the quarter finals and we had the worst flight back you can imagine," the Manchester United legend said.
"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.”