Rio Ferdinand’s last yellow card, for both club or country, came on March 14th 2009, during our 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford for a foul on Dirk Kuyt.

That’s 53 appearances and 4515 minutes of football with a yellow card.

Whilst some of this might be down to his status as England captain (don’t forget he escaped a booking for giving away this foul on Jerome Thomas a denying a goalscoring opportunity) we shouldn’t discount Rio’s excellent positioning which means he isn’t required to make the last ditch tackles that Jamie Carragher and John Terry are hailed for.

Stat from Nick Coppack

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