He earned his first senior international cap in a match against Cameroon in 1997, setting a record as the youngest defender to play for England at the time.
His achievements and footballing potential attracted Leeds United and he transferred to the club for a record-breaking fee of £18 million.
His parents never married and they separated when he was 14 years old.
Upon his return, he established himself in the Manchester United first team and received plaudits for his performances, featuring in the PFA Team of the Year four times in five years.
More club success followed with another Premier League win in the 2006–07 season and a Premier League and UEFA Champions League double the following year.
He made his debut on 9 November in a 1–1 away draw against Blackpool.
He played 10 games for Bournemouth before returning to West Ham in January 1997.
On 22 July 2002, Ferdinand joined fellow Premier League side Manchester United on a five-year deal to become the most expensive British footballer in history at the time and the world's most expensive defender for a second time, a title he had lost in 2001 to Lilian Thuram.
The fee included a basic element in the high £20 millions, and some conditional elements, which allowed Leeds to tell their fans that they were selling him for over £30 million.This included agents' fees, with Leeds receiving just under £30 million.Ferdinand went on to win the Premier League title with Manchester United in his first season at the club.Ferdinand had left after training to go shopping, only to remember and attempt to return, only to be told it was too late.He did undergo testing the following day and passed, and also offered to have a hair follicle test, which would provide results for the previous six months, but the FA turned down the offer."I always as a kid wanted to do something different, I'd get bored very easily – even playing football or hanging around with my mates. Teams vied for the young footballer's services and during his youth he trained with Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Millwall and Queens Park Rangers.