Le Saux asks for patience

Former England left-back Graeme Le Saux has urged fans to be patient following the international retirement of three former stalwarts.

Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have all bowed out of Three Lions duty, meaning new captain Wayne Rooney, with 95 caps, is now Roy Hodgson’s most experienced player.

And ahead of the first match of the season, against Norway on Wednesday, Le Saux exclusively told the England Supporters Club website: “We need to have a lot of patience with where the national side is.

“In one fell swoop we have lost more than 300 caps worth of know-how with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole all moving on.

“That isn’t something that is easily replaceable and it is going to take some time for the new generation to really find their feet at the international level.”

To read more from Le Saux on Hodgson’s Young Lions please visit the official England Supporters Club website.