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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Aug 13, 2013

Gerrard rubbishes Ferdinand criticism

Steven Gerrard has dismissed Rio Ferdinand's claim that England lack their own identity.

Brewin: A rivalry renewed

Ferdinand, who has retired from international football after collecting 81 caps for England, has been critical of the Three Lions in recent times, stating Roy Hodgson's side does not have a cohesive style.

Ferdinand said: "We started to see something when Glenn Hoddle was in charge, (there was) a bit of an identity then, free-flowing football and you would say we were starting to get an idea of the pattern of what he wanted to implement in the team. Since then I don't think we've actually really seen an identity, where you could say, 'that's an England team'."

England skipper Gerrard, though, does not agree with the thoughts of the Manchester United man.

When asked if he understood Ferdinand's argument, Gerrard said: "Not really. To be honest with you I am not really interested in what Rio Ferdinand has got to say about this group of players.

"When you play for England there is always a lot of opinions outside the group, especially in a World Cup year. There is going to be more people voicing their opinions but when we're inside nobody takes much notice of what is being said on the outside.

"I think (this team) does (have an identity). I think we have a good team, some top players and I am really confident we can prove it this year."

Gerrard will lead England against Scotland on Thursday, and Gerrard is excited at the prospect of taking on one of England's most fierce rivals.

"This is a friendly game, but it has an edge to it," he said.

"I have enjoyed the games we played against Ireland and Wales and hopefully more of these fixtures aren't too far away.

"As players these are the games you want to play in and they are the ones that fans want to watch."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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