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Venables: England players will be fired up by criticism from Man Utd's Ferdinand

Former England coach Terry Venables says criticism from Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will act as extra motivation for the players in Montenegro.

El Tel wrote in The Sun: "His appearance as a TV pundit on Friday should give Roy Hodgson's squad even more incentive to beat their main rivals in Group H on Tuesday.

"Ferdinand, who turned down Hodgson's offer of an England recall last week, undiplomatically chose to criticise our World Cup record as he commentated on the 8-0 win in San Marino.

"The Manchester United defender questioned England's mental toughness and quality, which is a bit naughty and strange for someone who insists that they still want to play international football.

"I am sure his comments would not have gone unnoticed in the England camp."

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