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Graeme Le Saux

Graeme is a retired English footballer who had a distinguished football career playing with Blackburn Rovers, Southampton and Chelsea. In 1997, he became the most expensive defender in English football when at Chelsea. He remained there for six seasons, and was an important part of the side which won the League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup in 1998 and the FA Cup in 2000. He was capped 36 times for England and played at the 1998 World Cup, appearing in every game as England reached the second round. G’s only international goal came against Brazil with a powerful shot from outside the penalty area. It came 18th in a recent poll of the greatest ever England goals. He retired from football in May 2005.

Born in Jersey, Graeme developed his passion for conservation when he worked for two years at Gerald Durrell’s famous zoo in Jersey as a teenager. He came to WWF through the “Extinct” programmes that were aired on ITV as part of a six part series on endangered species in 2006 and he visited the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda with WWF. It was then that he knew he wanted to make a difference.

Since then Graeme has been a spokesperson for our work and held events to help raise awareness. In 2011 Graeme hosted an event for 30 children at The UEFA Champions League Final, in which he gave kids the chance to play football in the beautiful surroundings of Hyde Park on the day of the final. The children enjoyed a VIP day training session with Graeme and were also photographed with the cup.

He was also a member of our 50th Anniversary Taskforce and through various initiatives has raised over £30k for WWF’s work through supporting Elephant Parade and assisting with the online Auction raising funds for Tigers.