London, June 3(ANI): England captain Rio Ferdinand insists that he has had enough World Cup heartaches, having previously failed thrice to capture football's ultimate treasure.
Ferdinand will arrive in South Africa on Thursday for his fourth, and almost certainly final, attempt.
"I don't want to come back with any regrets this time. That's happened to me too many times in the past. This is my fourth World Cup and there has been an element of regret in all of the previous three," The Sun quoted Ferdinand, as saying.
"And I don't want to finish my England career - if this is going to be my last chance like people are saying on that note. That's why I say we are going to do our utmost to try and bring this cup back. We are not going there to finish second."
"We are not there to get to the semi-finals and think 'Oh we did a good job, we got past the quarter-finals'. We are there to go out and win it," he added.
The 31-year-old acknowledges that England teams had failed despite making similar optimistic claims in the past, but he firmly believes this can be the one.
"Look at Wayne Rooney - he's only 24, but this is his third tournament. And most of these players have been to big tournaments before now," Ferdinand said.
"We also have a lot of experienced players who have played a lot of European football in the last four to five years, who have got to the latter stages and to the final of the Champions League. So we know what it takes to win, we know what we have to do," he added. (ANI)