Ferdinand preaches patience

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England's stand-in captain Rio Ferdinand has slammed the fans who booed Ashley Cole during Saturday's 5-1 win over Kazakhstan in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Cole's mis-directed pass led to the visitors scoring when England were leading 2-0 - and immediately the Chelsea player came in for constant booing every time he touched the ball.

But Ferdinand believes the supporters who turned on Cole should "be ashamed of themselves" and said: said: "As regards the booing of Ashley, a lot of the fans will go home - and I hope they will be ashamed of what they were doing."

He added: "Many of the fans got behind the team. They were very vocal, other than that incident. You want your fans to be behind you.

"Everyone is human, and people make mistakes. We are big enough to hold our hands up when we have made a mistake, but it is not made any easier when you have got your own fans booing you.

"I hope people on reflection will make sure they don't do that again. A lot of the fans did try to clap Ashley, and I think you've got to rally round as players and supporters when anyone makes a mistake.

"It is not about getting on their backs. It is about getting behind them and making sure they don't do it again.

"Then they can rectify it by putting in a good performance for the rest of the match."

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