Uruguay star Luis Suarez has revealed Roy Hodgson's dismissive comments inspired him to leave England on the brink of a premature World Cup exit.
The Liverpool striker scored either side of Wayne Rooney's first World Cup goal to leave the Three Lions' sat rock bottom of Group D and needing Italy to secure two wins in their two remaining games to keep their qualification hopes alive.
Suarez' participation in Brazil was in doubt when he underwent knee surgery just last month and was left on the bench for his side's group opener against Costa Rica last Saturday.
When asked of the threat the 27-year-old could pose against his side, England boss Hodgson was dismissive, suggesting he still cannot be considered at the "world class" level reached by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
"He (Suarez) will only be at that level when he shows it on this particular stage (the World Cup in Brazil)," Hodgson said.
But Uruguay's hero has since admitted such comments only drove him on more.
"It wasn't revenge, but in England they talk about the injury and the coach had words that annoyed me," Suarez was quoted as saying by Uruguayan website Tenfield.
England captain Steven Gerrard came in for particular criticism for his role in both of Suarez's strikes. His Liverpool teammate lost possession in the build up to Uruguay's opener and flicked a header into Suarez's path as he sealed victory in the final minutes of the game, leaving serious questions over his England future.
While his goals sparked joyous scenes amongst the Uruguay contingent, Suarez also had some sympathy for his club skipper.
"This is an unlucky moment for him," said Suarez, BBC Sport report. "I don't like it when he hurts like this. I said, 'Keep going, forget this game, you're one of the best'. He's the best player I've played with."