Green not listening to critics
Goalkeeper Robert Green insists he has never allowed his England doubters to make an impact on his life.
Last Updated: 28/02/12 9:56am
Goalkeeper Robert Green insists he has never allowed his England critics to make an impact on his life.
The shot-stopper is back in the international set-up for Wednesday's friendly against the Netherlands having been called up by interim manager Stuart Pearce.
Green had fallen out of the reckoning under former boss Fabio Capello after his howler against the USA in the 2010 World Cup.
There had even been suggestions the West Ham player would retire from international football after remaining an unused substitute in last March's friendly against Ghana.
But the 32-year-old did not listen to the debates over his career, as he said in the Daily Mail: "I just carry on playing. It's about keeping football down to the basics. The pure element of trying to keep the ball out of the goal is something I focus on.
"What that man writing for whatever newspaper, what people write or speak about, I really don't give a monkey's about.
"That's not going to affect my life. What affects my life is what happens on a Saturday and how well we do at West Ham. That's really pretty much all I care about.
"Football's not particularly crazy. Once you are in it, you're in the eye of the storm and it's quite nice.
"I go along, play football, work as hard as I can, play as hard as I can and then go home and spend time with my wife and kids.
"If the phone call comes, it comes. If it doesn't, I'll still be with my wife and my child at the end of the day. If you get picked, you get picked. If you don't, you don't."
Green's main focus is on helping West Ham back to the Premier League, with Sam Allardyce's side currently sitting second in the Championship.
"The motivation is there," said Green. "For me, at West Ham, we have got to get promoted.
"It's been different and in a way it's been nice to not be in a team getting a pounding every week. But obviously it's not Premier League football and that's where the aim is to be."