Gerrard criticises Vieira for England comments

England captain Steven Gerrard has lambasted Patrick Vieira after the Manchester City football development executive claimed that English youngsters lacked the necessary commitment and appetite for international football.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Gerrard, who will return from the suspension that ruled him out of his country’s comfortable victory over San Marino to captain the side against Poland on Tuesday night, believes that Vieira was ill-advsied to speak out on the matter. “It surprised me to read that,” said Gerrard, who will make his 99th appearance for England in Poland’s National Stadium. “The impression I get from the young players at Liverpool is that they’re desperate to get into this [England] 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.

Vieira’s comments came less than a week after the Football Association proudly opened the St George’s Park facility at Burton, which the governing body hopes will help form a new era of English footballing excellence, particularly through the promotion of youngsters.

Going into Tuesday’s crunch qualifier with the Euro 2012 co-hosts, Roy Hodgson’s men currently lie top of their World Cup qualification group, three points ahead of Montenegro and the Poles.

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