Gerrard hits back at Vieira criticism of England youngsters

The former France captain claimed that the Three Lions are "not as proud as they used to be" but Roy Hodgson's captain insists that the squad remain as committed as ever
Steven Gerrard has rebuffed Patrick Vieira's recent criticism of England's younger generation.

The former Arsenal and France captain had suggested that the country's national footballers are "not as proud as they used to be", citing the number of young players pulling of out squads through injury as possible evidence of this change of attitude.

Ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier away in Poland, however, the Three Lions skipper rejected the suggestion.

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"It surprised me to read that," he told reporters on Monday.

"The impression I get from young players at Liverpool is that they’re desperate to get into this set-up.

"You can see in their faces that when they're left out, they're really disappointed.

It didn't annoy me because I don't really care what Patrick Vieira says. England's young players are hungry."