The Manchester United skipper said: “It’s about being English. We have a great way of dealing with things in life. There was huge disappointment after Germany but, being English, we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down.
“You could see that from the response of the fans against Greece and Andorra.
“The players are the same and that is the way we have to be.
“Every England game SHOULD be a sell-out. There will be over 70,000 people at Old Trafford wanting a good performance and an English victory. They want a response – they don’t want to lie on the floor and just take it.
“Of course, I understand the disillusion. If I were a member of the public, I’d be thinking the same thing.
“But as players we have to believe in ourselves.
“We can either sit here and say we have failed again and are never going to be good enough or we can do something about it. There was genuine belief before the World Cup but we didn’t do ourselves justice.
“Now, once again, we find ourselves at the bottom of the ladder.
“That’s the worst thing about playing for England. You get to a tournament, get knocked out and you have to wait two years to do it all over again.
“And when we get there we HAVE to perform. I’ve said it’s a joke England haven’t won anything in the last 40 years, that we haven’t even contested finals and semi-finals on a more regular basis.
“But I do genuinely believe in the players that I’m with, the ones I see performing well in the Champions League. We have some great individuals but we have to perform as a team and deliver in a tournament.”