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Steven Gerrard calls criticism of England team 'unfair'

England skipper Steven Gerrard
Gerrard scored two goals to secure England's victory

England captain Steven Gerrard hit out at "unfair" criticism of the national side after his match-winning display in the victory against Hungary at Wembley.

Some players were booed in the first game since the poor World Cup display.

However, Gerrard, who scored both goals in a 2-1 victory, said: "The players have had a lot of criticism, a lot of it really fair and some of it unfair.

"From my reaction for the first goal, you can see how much it means to me and the players to be part of this group."

England fell behind to a controversial Phil Jagielka own goal before Gerrard's decisive brace.

Gerrard added: "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.

"Unfair criticism hurts as a player because there's no need for it."

Wayne Rooney was among those who suffered the jeers of the crowd but the striker received the backing of coach Fabio Capello after the game.

"The supporters, I am sure, think a lot of Rooney because he is a really important player. He can make a lot of difference in every game," stated the Italian.

"They are giving him a hard time because the fans know he can play very well and make a difference."

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