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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand and Blues boss Frank Lampard used to be best of mates having come through the West Ham academy together.
Ferdinand has now revealed how club rivalry killed the relationship he had with Lampard when they both moved to heated rivals, Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.
Speaking on an Instagram Live, Ferdinand explained: “It was bad for England because we were such rivals and the main players in the squad were all at them clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool – you had Stevie and Carra – and then Chelsea had like Frank, JT, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole.
“So them three were the best three clubs in the land at the time, along with Arsenal probably. And we were all in the England team together, so we’d be rivals at the weekend and we’d come in and there’d still be a little bit of tension – underlying tension, we’d all have a laugh, but deep down… I don’t know.
“I’d never shared enough stuff with Stevie. And we laugh about it now, me and Stevie and Frank have worked together on BT Sport, loads of times, and we laugh about it over a beer like, ‘How were we like that?’
“But it was just so intense our rivalry, it was just weird man. And you have to remember Frank Lampard was one of my best mates, my best mate in football when we were growing up, talked to him and see him every day, roomed with him for like four or five years.”
Ferdinand went on to reveal that this current generation of England players won’t have the same problem as theirs.
He continued: “I think the lads now, the difference is they all came though the youth system together. The Hudson-Odoi’s, the Sancho’s, the Foden’s etc.
“I think it’s very, very similar to what happened with Spain. David de Gea couldn’t wait to go away with Spain, and we used to sit there and think, ‘Wow we weren’t like that’. But he’s grown up from Under-17s, he’s come all the way through with them players, he knows them all.
“But I think this generation love it now, the Sancho’s, the Hudson-Odoi’s, the Foden’s etc, Reece James and all them, Mason Mount, Tammy. They can’t wait to go, because they’re going to see their mates.”