He said: "I think every player at our level deserves respect and credit for what they do - you cannot get to the Premier League and stay there for a long time without hard work and dedication.
"Maybe when I was younger these things would worry me, but now I know what I have done in my career so I don't let other people's opinions affect my performances.
"It isn't about my pride, or needing to get praise to feel good about myself.
"I know what I am on the pitch. I know what I am good at and what I have to work on. Nobody is ever the finished article, but you need hunger to get better and to give your maximum and I have got that."
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