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Roy Hodgson tells England players to rise above provocation from Gareth Bale

• England manager dismisses remarks by Real Madrid forward
• Wales talisman had spoken of lack of ‘passion and pride’

Roy Hodgson has told his England players to rise above the “disrespectful” comments from their Euro 2016 opponents after showing his disdain for Gareth Bale’s assertion that Wales will play with more national fervour when the two sides meet in Lens on Thursday.

Bale’s claim that the Welsh players had “a lot more passion and pride about us than them” has gone down badly in the English camp and Hodgson says he has grown weary of their games being preceded by what he considers to be inflammatory remarks from opposition players.

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