Lahm: I do not accept the judgement of Uli Hoeness

The versatile full-back has dismissed his president's criticism of die Nationalelf, and discussed what it takes to build a successful side
Philipp Lahm opposes the recent statements made by Bayern Munich supremo Uli Hoeness about the Germany national team.

The 60-year-old Roten chief had earlier criticised the overall performance of die Mannschaft during their Euro 2012 campaign, despite them being able to proceed from the group stage with a perfect record.

"Our national team was not good during the entire Euro campaign," the former striker told reporters.

At the official press conference ahead of Germany's qualifying match against Sweden, however, Lahm took the time to comment on Hoeness' harsh words:

"I cannot accept this judgement. We have won four matches and beaten Greece in the quarter-finals. We all know how important it is to get results," said Lahm.

"I cannot accept this statement made by Uli Hoeness."

The 28-year-old Bavarian then went on to talk about what he considers to be the recipe for success for his national side.

"We have to focus on rebuilding a better team, which we have started against [The Republic of] Ireland. We are working on that every day. The basis is a good defensive organisation and creativity going forward," he explained.

Germany's World Cup 2014 qualification match against Sweden is set to begin at 20:45CET.