Hodgson hits back at Bale

Roy Hodgson has told Wales international Gareth Bale not to question England's patriotism ahead of the two sides' Euro 2016 fixture on Thursday.

Bale last week claimed that Wales' players had more desire than their neighbors and that England "big themselves up before they've done anything."

Wales recorded a 2-1 victory against Slovakia in their Euro 2016 opener, whilst the Three Lions played to a 1-1 draw with Russia after conceding through a Vasili Berezutski header in the 92nd minute of the game.

"I don't ever comment on other people. I've been in the game sufficiently long to know every opponent has got an opinion, the other day it was (Igor) Akinfeev saying we were the worst seeded team and now it's Gareth Bale.

"Receiving disrespectful comments is part and parcel of being a footballer and a football coach." Hodgson told reporters.

Hodgson also took the time to speak to all sceptics and insisted that his team would bounce back in their next two fixtures, which sees them face first Wales and then Slovakia.

"I would recommend anybody who does have any doubts about players in that respect to watch the game and come to me afterwards and show me where they've seen that lack of passion and lack of patriotism because I certainly didn't see it," he added.

"We'll get over it, no question of that, we'll bounce back. My hope is and my dream is that we'll play as well in the next two matches and go on to do well in the tournament."

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