Rio Ferdinand claims he's already planning trip home from World Cup in Russia as he will miss Kate Wright

The former footballer is heading over as one of the BBC's pundits and says he will miss his partner during the stint abroad.

Rio, 39, has decided to fly home during the tournament so he can spend a few days with Kate before heading back to Russia.

The longest the couple will be apart is 10 days and the former sports star is hoping to squeeze in at least four days at home.

He told Now magazine: "We miss each other loads but I'm going back for about 10 days…

"Then I'm back for four to five days then I go back to break it up."

Rio revealed he will be having plenty of FaceTime chats with Kate while he is away.

He said: "Kate is very diligent in terms of making sure the lines of communication are open…

"We speak all the time."

Dad-of-three Rio also let slip that he is planning a romantic dinner with Kate before he goes to Russia so they can have some quality time together before being apart.

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The ex Manchester United ace added: "I'm sure we'll have that final dinner and say our goodbyes."

He also expects Kate will sneak a surprise into his suitcase like a "little memento" from her and the kids.

The World Cup kicks off on June 14 as hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the first match of the tournament.

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