Rio Ferdinand has told how he turned DJ for Alan Hansen's farewell party in Brazil.
Details of how the long-serving pundit was given a send-off following the World Cup have been revealed in Ferdinand's soon-to-be-released autobiography.
"We were having a few drinks in the hotel – until the barman shut the bar!" writes Ferdinand in an excerpt released on his Facebook page today. "So we all went down to one of the little shacks on the beach which sell alcohol and melon. There must have been about 30 or 40 BBC people and locals and there was a beat system, so I got out my Ipad and found myself DJ’ing for Alan Hansen’s Match of the Day farewell party on the Copacabana! A nice bit of Oasis, Happy Mondays, Bob Marley, and everyone was singing and dancing along. It was brilliant."
Hansen ended his 22-year career as a pundit on BBC's Match of the Day following the conclusion of the tournament in Brazil. As part of the send off, Ferdinand also reveals how each of them did a little piece to camera. "I said: ‘What a fantastic player, really good on the ball, silky, started attacks at the back, won loads, was a great leader, well-liked by his teammates, what a fantastic player, a legend … That’s me. Now let’s talk about Alan Hansen.’ That got a nice little chuckle."
Ferdinand also revealed that he "hadn’t realised just how good Gary Lineker was" and that he had "always found Alan Shearer a bit cold" but he turned out to be "one of the nicest people".
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