Tottenham striker Defoe denies England players not passionate
Defoe hit back at suggestions the players do not care about playing for their country.
He said: "I can understand the level of anger and frustration that we as England players have returned home to.
"I accept it has been a bitterly disappointing World Cup campaign from a group of players of whom everyone expected so much. Personally I wish I could have done more to help the country than just the goal against Slovenia.
"I remain convinced that had I played in the earlier two games we would have got off to a better start than we did.
"And that's why it hurts so much to hear people saying we don't care. I care. I care passionately.
"I won't have anyone telling me I don't have pride in pulling on an England shirt and pride in scoring goals for my country.
"Pride in representing my family, my club and the people that have had faith in me all my life."