Bruce urges patience from England

Black Cats midfielder Jordan Henderson, 20, and Newcastle striker

Andy Carroll, 21, both made their debuts at Wembley, while

21-year-old Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs was handed a first

start. Much was made of the arrival of the new generation but the

post-match reaction will have made difficult reading after England

were outplayed by the French, particularly in the opening stages,

and left the pitch to boos both at half-time and full-time. Bruce,

though, believes the youngsters must be given time to develop and

has called on the public and the media not to write them off too

soon. He said of Henderson: “It was fantastic to see him in an

England shirt and I’m sure he enjoyed it. The team struggled

against France and the kid did okay. He did as well as anyone else

on the night as far as I’m concerned. “It was a tough one for him.

We’ve got to be honest, the French were far, far better on the

night. He could have done with a little bit more experience around

him. “Maybe we had a little bit too much inexperience and that

showed a little bit against a very, very good French team. But

he’ll learn from it. “He’s had a wonderful rise in 18 months, now’s

the next stage, to make sure he matures and develops, and that’s

where we’ve got to be careful. “He’s a wonderful talent and we must

nurture that talent and get the best out of it rather than building

him up and building him up, like this country tends to do, and

knocking him down very quickly. “We’re clamouring to give the

youngsters a chance then we get beaten by the French youngsters.

“The French are in a big changeover period as well but when you

look at players like (Samir) Nasri and (Florent) Malouda and

(Yoann) Gourcuff, they’re always going to be strong. “Our young

players will learn from it and we must be patient, which

unfortunately in our country we’re not.”