After more than 50 years touring, 69-year-old guitarist and bluesman Eric Clapton has said travelling has become ‘unbearable’ and that he fears he could end up 'embarrassing' himself.

Clapton claims that he has lost much of his love for touring because most countries are currently a ‘different version of America’.

"There are tons of things I’d like to do but I’m looking at retirement too,“ he told Uncut magazine. ``I’m 70 next year. I think what I’ll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio.

"I don’t want to go off the boil to the point where I’m embarrassing myself. The road has become unbearable. It’s unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere - and it’s hostile. Everywhere. Getting in and out of airports, getting on planes, travelling in cars.’’

Clapton added that there could soon be a day when he is no longer able to play the guitar, saying: ‘Maybe. Physically, it might be that I can’t, if it hurts too much. I have odd ailments."