England captain Steven Gerrard has slammed accusations that players have no pride when playing for their country, and says that the whole squad want to see England make it to the top.
Following a rather lacklustre 0-0 draw away to Ukraine last month, the squad came under fire for a lack of ambition - they seemed to 'settle' for a point, rather than push to win the important match.
England face Montenegro at Wembley stadium on Friday in their penultimate qualifier - the last sees them take on Poland.
Roy Hodgson's men need to win both matches in order to secure their place at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Liverpool midfielder Gerrard insists that the whole England squad is rooting for glory and are determined to avoid repeating their Euro 2008 qualification catastrophe.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the 33-year-old said: "The pain and the agony - how long that lasted after we didn’t qualify for Euro 2008.
"I wish you could bottle that and show it to people who say those things and doubt how much we care.
"We care. Trust me, we care. No one cares more than the players.
"It’s a shame the supporters and certain people can’t go into the dressing room and see how we prepare and how much we want this.
"Nobody is forced to play for England.
"You play because you want to, because you’re desperate to, because it’s what you dreamed of from an early age.
"When you win for England, play well, get on the score-sheet or achieve something together, there’s no better buzz."
Gerrard would know, he won his 100th cap for England in November last year in a friendly match against Sweden, and has been instrumental to the teams success ever since.
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