Former England defender, Rio Ferdinand has revealed he was once played against Arsenal while drunk at West Ham.
Ferdinand said a he was part of the traveling squad to Highbury but was not certain to be in the match day squad.
At 17, Ferdinand said he was not expecting himself to be named in the squad so he went up to the bar and started drinking.
The champions league winner was however shocked when he was summoned down to the changing room after one of the listed players, Paulo Futre refused to play.
To his greatest surprise, he was drafted into the squad against Arsenal.
“I was at West Ham and I was in the squad and did not get changed, so I went up to the bar and had three brandy and cokes”, Ferdinantold Mo Gilligan Podcast.
“Then the kitman came and said ‘ you’ve got to get changed’… as I had a brandy and coke in my hand.
“So I was like oh. I put it down and have had three brandy and cokes and needed to go play at Highbury. What’s going on?
“My first appearance of Highbury; I was 17, 18. So I went downstairs and I was asked ‘Are you alright? “- I was like, yeah, i’m fine and I was right, i’m buzzing!
“Next thing, Paulo Futre walked out as he left because he wasn’t No.10. He looked at the number saw he wasn’t No 10 and walked out.
“So I was brought into the squad and I cane on. I was on the bench thinking please don’t bring me on”.
West Ham lost the game 2-0 with Rio Ferdinand playing just 15 minutes of the game.
Rio Ferdinand won a total of 6 premier league titles and one champions league with Manchester United and made over 514 club appearances while playing for West Ham United, Bournemouth, Leeds United, Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers scoring 11 goals.
At the international scene, Rio Ferdinand made 81 appearances for the three lions scoring 3 goals.
Presently, the former Leeds United defender is a television pundit for BT Sport in England.