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Ince: England lack the passion

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Paul Ince has launched a sensational attack on England's current crop of internationals, claiming they lacked the passion and motivation of past squads, whilst speaking on the Hawskbee and Jacobs TalkSport show.

Roy Hodgson's England side earned a drab 0-0 draw with Ukraine last night, with many suggesting the team were playing for a draw, and lacked any real sense of passion.

Criticism of the performance has been fierce from many different pundits, manager and fans, although captain Steven Gerrard has defended the display. 

"Defensively we were solid and the result never looked in doubt," he told ITV reporters after the match.

Ince congratulated the team on earning a point, but did voice his concerns on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show: "Before the game took place everyone was saying a draw would have been a good result."

"Sometimes it's one of those games where the performance doesn't matter as long as you get the result."

"But looking at the Ukraine side they weren't that good, they looked like an average side to me."

"So to have the mentality of thinking of getting a draw wasn't right. I think we need to be a bit more assertive in trying to win the game because it wasn't a great Ukraine side."

"We kept giving the ball away and gave them the momentum to try and win the game."

He continued by comparing the current crop of England players to the teams he played in.

"There isn't the passion we've had for many, many years. When I go back to Euro '96 I look at the Holland game and the Scotland game."

"The reason we were so good was because we had the passion, we had the motivation, we played on the front foot."

"I don't think we do that as much nowadays."

Following last nights draw, The Three Lions are top of their World Cup qualifying group with two games to go as they bid to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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