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Rio keen on coaching future

Rio Ferdinand would love to manage England one day after revealing his long-term plans for a future in football as a coach.

The 35-year-old won 81 caps during his international career and was named as captain for the 2010 World Cup before injury ruled him out.

Ferdinand has no desire to quit the playing ranks quite yet - he signed for QPR over the summer to extend his Premier League career - but when he does retire the former Manchester United man is keen to represent his country again.

"Everyone has dreams of playing for England and my dream after football is to manage England," Ferdinand told the Daily Mail.

"I don't expect the chance now, but once I get the badges I am there. If I don't get a job in management I will wonder why.

"I will give myself the best opportunity of getting the job by getting all the badges.

"I don't think people should start shouting the odds about the opportunity to manage clubs until they have their badges. I am not sitting here saying 'give me a job' because I don't have them yet."

Ferdinand believes other countries have shown the way when it comes to selecting international managers.

"(Joachim) Low, (Jurgen) Klinsmann were young geezers when they started out with Germany," he added.

"Look at (Marco) Van Basten, (Jose) Mourinho, (Pep) Guardiola and Luis Enrique - they are not old fellas but they were given a chance. It is different in this country. We are 10 years behind in certain situations.

"We have to do what's best for English football."