England’s golden generation feared plane crash and were all “crying” on flight

The England golden generation once feared their plane would crash and were all "crying" on board a horror flight home from the 2006 World Cup.

On board that plane were some of the Three Lions' best ever players with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham part of Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad.

In addition to the players, a number of their wives and girlfriends were also travelling with the squad after attending the tournament, including Coleen Rooney and Gerrard's girlfriend Alex Curran.

Despite high expectations for the squad, England were knocked out at the quarter-final stage as they lost on penalties to Portugal following a 0-0 draw.

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand revealed details of the horror flight in an interview with The Sun and explained he thought "this is it" during the ordeal.

“We’d just been knocked out of the competition by Portugal in the quarter finals and we had the worst flight back you can imagine," revealed the former Manchester United defender.

"We got caught up in some terrible weather and everybody thought we were going to crash. We were all crying.

“I was sat near Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard and their wives and everyone was screaming. It was turbulence on another level.

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"It was mental and people and luggage were all over the place and no one knew what was going on.

“I definitely thought, ‘This is it,’ especially when I looked at the air stewardesses. You can always gauge how serious things are by their expressions and I looked at them and they were all sat down in their seats stony faced and clearly thinking, ‘F*** we're in trouble.’

“I’m usually quite calm but then I looked at them and I was properly scared.”

Ferdinand won 81 caps for his country after making his international debut aged 19 in November 1997 under Glenn Hoddle.

He went to three World Cups with England but never made it past the last eight of the tournament despite being a member of England's fabled 'golden generation'.

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