Germany striker Mario Gomez says he always remained confident of his role in the national side after his double secured a 2-1 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday.
Gomez scored the only goal in the Germans’ 1-0 win over Portugal in their opening group game, but drew criticism for his lack of mobility and contribution.
And after scoring a further two goals against the Oranje, the Bayern Munich man says the criticism of his performances is unwarranted and unhelpful.
“Such a motivation injection [the critics] I don't need, the pressure was high already,” the 26-year-old told German television station ZDF.
“It's a pity that these things happen. I simply try to do even more and to always give my best.
“Both goals were important for me and I'm happy the team stood behind me. It was not right to score the winner against Portugal and get your face slapped for three days.
“After three days like that it was not easy. The team believes in me and the trainer also said to me that I did well and that he believes in me.”
Germany are one of the favourites in the tournament, and have made a good start as they bid to win their first international competition since Euro 96 in England.
However, Gomez is keen to ensure that his team do not get carried away with their strong opening to the championship.
"We have to stay realistic. We started strong into the tournament. We've taken six points against two excellent teams, that's simply super.
“The Netherlands played well up front. With [Manuel] Neuer - but we knew this - we had a great backing. It was an unbelievable match.
“Holland has zero points after two games. We did start well, but it's still a long way to the final.