Man City defender Lescott: England must get wise to international refs

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott England must get smarter when it comes to international refs.

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott England must get smarter when it comes to international refs.

Lescott says England need to come to terms with different refereeing standards to avoid a repeat of the flurry of yellow and red cards handed out against Ukraine.

He said: "Maybe the bookings give the impression England were a physical team. That was not the case.

"If you look at the challenges and the cards given, they were a bit harsh but it is different to the Premier League.

"We know being as physical is not allowed at international level so we know we need to be patient at times. They let things go in the Premier League.

"It is something players have to get used to, definitely. But most of us have played at international level before so we know what it is about.

"Did we have a bad rub of green with the referee? Maybe, but like I said, we know the standard of refereeing is totally different to the Premier League."

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