Foden driven by national pride

Money doesn't motivate me says England back

Last Updated: 24/11/11 8:22am

  • Share:
Ben Foden: Honour to be involved with England

Ben Foden: Honour to be involved with England

Sky Bet

Ben Foden has insisted he is not motivated by financial reward following the leaking of damning reports into England's World Cup fiasco.

The reports, published in the Times on Wednesday, contain claims that members of the national squad were 'more focused on money rather than getting the rugby right'.

But Foden, while admitting that the promise of riches might be foremost in some players' minds, said he is driven only by the honour of playing for his country.

"For me it's all about playing for your country, there's no prouder moment for me."
Ben Foden Quotes of the week

"For me it's all about playing for your country," the 26-year-old told Sky Sports News. "There's no prouder moment for me.

"As a kid growing up and watching England play and seeing the legends that have played in the shirt before, putting on a white shirt and running out at Twickenham or to play Australia or New Zealand, that's the honour for me.

"Some people are going to look at things in different ways but that's just people you can't really change that."

Damning indictment

The reports, which the RFU had hoped to keep secret from the public, paint a bleak picture of a divided and indisciplined squad obsessed with money.

That was also a damning indictment of Martin Johnson's management team, who all came in for fierce criticism with the exception of forwards coach Graham Rowntree.

One comment stated that some players felt the standard of coaching and match preparation was better with their Premiership clubs.

Rugby Players' Association chief executive Damian Hopley has demanded an investigation into who leaked the reports.

But Foden said that attention should now focus their content as England plan for the next four years in the build-up to the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

"Those reports were done so we could communicate back to the RFU on players' opinions and thoughts," he said.

"Hopefully it can be used positively and we'll see a few changes from it. The key part of the whole process is we learn from it and hopefully get better from the whole situation."

  • Share:

Related

England World Cup probe

Moody: His leadership at the World Cup was criticised

Hopley - Players not greedy

RPA chief executive Damian Hopley has denied players are motivated by money as the English game continues to reel.

Johnson: Frustrated by the leaking of reports

Johnson hits back

Martin Johnson has launched a passionate defence of England's World Cup campaign in the wake of damning reports leaked this week.

James Haskell: One of three players falsely accused of harassing a chambermaid

RFU 'tried to silence maid'

The RFU is facing fresh allegations it pressurised three England players to pay a chambermaid who claimed she had been harassed.

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Nev: Chelsea were like champions

Nev: Chelsea were like champions

On The Gary Neville Podcast, the Sky Sports pundit compared Chelsea's side with their 2005 title-winning squad.

Where next for Klopp?

Where next for Klopp?

Jurgen Klopp's exit from Borussia Dortmund has led to speculation surrounding his next club.

Pundits: Jose style unimportant

Pundits: Jose style unimportant

Chelsea's tactics are sometimes not pretty but Jose Mourinho won't care, say the Saturday Night Football pundits.