England captain Steven Gerrard hit out at some of his and his team-mates' critics after the 2-1 Wembley friendly victory over Hungary.
Gerrard's two goals enabled Fabio Capello's side to recover from a 1-0 deficit to record a morale-boosting win, following a dismal showing at the World Cup finals earlier this summer.
A bullish Gerrard commented:"The players have had a lot of criticism of late, a lot of it really fair and some of it unfair.
"A lot of criticism had been directed at us saying that we don't care and it doesn't mean anything for us to play for England.
"So I think from my reaction for the first goal, you can see how much it means to myself and the players to be part of this group.
"Unfair criticism hurts as a player because there's no need for it."