Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand grew up together during their time at West Ham and were best of friends before moving their respective ways to Chelsea and Manchester United, and both ended up as club legends after a stellar career.

Ferdinand has revealed he disliked Lampard when he was at Chelsea – and their time with England was marred by club ties.

Ferdinand says: “We had a generation that were nicknamed the golden generation of players where expectations were huge for us a national team to go out and win something.

“And that there is what held us back. Not being able to separate club ties to international football.

“I wrote a chapter in my book about Frank Lampard. We grew up together at West Ham, then we went our separate ways.

“I went to Man Utd and he went to Chelsea. We did everything together from 16 to 21, we roomed together, travelled together, did everything together.

“When I went to Man Utd and he went to Chelsea, we stopped talking. We never spoke about it, we just stopped talking.

“I wrote this chapter at the end of my career, before it went out, out of courtesy. I sent it to Frank and asked him if it was okay to include.

“He text me back saying if he had written a chapter on me, it would have been word for word. Exactly the same.

“We didn’t hate each other but I didn’t want to give him anything that he could take back to Chelsea.

“I juist didn’t like him anymore really because he was playing for Chelsea. He was getting his hands on a trophy that I wanted. It was an obsession with winning.”

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