Bale comments ‘disrespectful’, says Hodgson TrendyVoice

13 June 2016

Bale comments ‘disrespectful’, says Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has branded
Gareth Bale "disrespectful" after the Wales
star said his country showed more "passion
and pride" than their neighbours and Euro
2016 rivals.

England and Wales face off in Lens on Thursday,
with Bale's team in the driving seat in Group B
after they beat Slovakia 2-1 in their opening
game and Hodgson's men could only draw 1-1
against Russia.

Speaking before the Slovakia game, in which he
netted a spectacular free-kick, Bale had said of
England: "I think we've got a lot more passion
and pride about us than them."

But in comments published by British media on
Monday, Hodgson retorted: "Receiving
disrespectful comments is part and parcel of
being a footballer and a football coach.

"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 (Russia goalkeeper Igor)
Akinfeev saying we were the worst seeded team
and now it's Gareth Bale.

"They can have those opinions, but I don't have
any doubts personally about our patriotism or
desire and that's the important thing.

"If he believes that that's the case, he's welcome
to that opinion. But we know who we are, we
know what we are. We don't have any doubts
about ourselves in that respect."

Defeat by Wales would leave England in a
perilous position, but Hodgson has backed his
players to bounce back from the blow of
conceding a stoppage-time equaliser against
Russia in Marseille.

"It is a tight dressing room, a passionate dressing
room," said the England manager, whose side are
based in Chantilly outside Paris.

"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.

"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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