Ferdinandâ€™s decision may have been influenced by a desire to prolong his club career but regardless Parker appreciates the physical duress top professionals can suffer.
â€śI have an understanding of it and I think every player does,â€ť he said. â€śNot just when you get to a certain age but any age really, the games become so much quicker and faster, there are times when you have to maintain your body and look after it really.
â€śObviously I am very disappointed for Rio as I am sure he is bitterly disappointed he canâ€™t be here. But thatâ€™s the way it is and there are players who are going to step in and do the job.â€ť