At club level, Rio Ferdinand did it all. A legend of the game, he now rests easy and watches on as a new generation attempt to carve a path towards glory on the international stage. A natural leader, it was a pleasure to welcome him as the latest guest on The Dial Up.

Having long since hung up his boots, Rio Ferdinand now uses his acute and insightful knowledge of the game as a pundit. Speaking from a point of enormous experience, his is an opinion that is well worth listening to, whether it comes from his position as a pundit or from his YouTube channel, “Five”. So he was an absolute must on the list of footballing personalities we wanted to speak to on The Dial Up

Now ploughing through an increasingly impressive season two, which already boasts the likes of Paul Pogba and Matthew McConaughey, The Dial Up is a SoccerBible podcast series that brings an unfiltered conversation to the fore, and with each guest it explores players’ experiences through football and their interests away from the game. It’s a casual check in with some of the biggest names on the planet, and these conversations are about showing character and personality, while highlighting the human nature of football’s finest. 

From what his relationship is with the current England squad and what he could bring to the setup, to Wayne Rooney and his need for a hairdryer (not for what you’d think), this is yet another insightful and light hearted conversation with one of football’s greats, brought to you from the comfort of his couch.

rio 3-min.jpg
rio 4-min.jpg
To walk out at a major tournament for England, you get a real understanding of the enormity of it.”
rio 6-min.jpg
rio 5-min.jpg

Listen to the episode here

Rio is part of the BBC Football team. Follow Euro 2020 on the BBC across TV, radio and online.