But the ex-England striker is fuming at talk he has no passion for football any more and prefers horse racing.
He said: â€œCriticism has to be something you can take, otherwise youâ€™re pretty much doomed.
â€œHowever, one point annoyingly kept rearing its head that I havenâ€™t got the passion anymore, prefer horses and have other things in my life.
â€œIt feels like a slur on my character and integrity to hear people questioning my desire.
â€œTo reach the highs that I have been fortunate enough to reach in my career, one thing you cannot lack is desire.
â€œFrom the minute I could walk Iâ€™ve carried a football under my arm.
â€œI have loved the game of football as much as anyone. Nothing was handed to me. I had the desire to be the best and that certainly hasnâ€™t left me â€” and never will."