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England unperturbed by Blatter's critique

FIFA chief Blatter's criticizm for England, born out of lone-striker play with Equador has failed to disturb England captain Beckham and team in any way.

india Updated: Jun 30, 2006 19:32 IST

BADEN-BADEN, June 30 (AFP) England captain David Beckham has shrugged off criticism of his team's tactics by FIFA chief Sepp Blatter ahead of tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final.

Outspoken world football boss Blatter has stoked controversy once more by describing England as negative after they played with a lone striker during their 1-0 second round win over Ecuador.

"I am happy that the play is very offensive. The only exception is England who fielded just one striker in their second round match," Blatter said in an interview with a German newspaper.

"That is not the kind of offensive football you would expect from a title contender."

But Beckham and his team-mates have dismissed Blatter's remarks and stressed that it is results that count.

"We don't really care as a team or as a nation what people say about us," Beckham said when asked about Blatter's comments.

"There have been better performances by other teams in this competition - and they're out. At the end of the day, people have got their opinions, but as a team we don't care.

"We know we haven't played as well as we can, everyone knows that - I'm fed up of saying it - but it's only us that can put that right."

Beckham's loyal lieutenant and former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville echoed his captain's comments.

"My thoughts are that I don't listen to Sepp Blatter because I don't want to listen," Neville said when asked for his view on the FIFA supremo's remarks.