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Xhaka: I don't want to know Phil Neville

22:43 GMT+3 03/07/2018
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The pundit pulled no punches when discussing Granit Xhaka's performance against Sweden but the Swiss star had no problems with his words

Granit Xhaka shrugged off criticism from Phil Neville after Switzerland's World Cup exit, stating matter-of-factly: "I don't want to know him".

Sweden claimed a 1-0 win over Xhaka's Switzerland in St Petersburg on Tuesday to book a quarter-final spot after Emil Forsberg's deflected effort midway though the second half settled a forgettable contest.

Ex-Manchester United man Neville criticised Xhaka for his role in Forsberg's goal while working as a pundit for the BBC, before launching into a sustained criticism of the Arsenal midfielder.

"On the goal he just went to the floor and let Forsberg go past him too easily," Neville said.

"He’s probably sat in the dressing room at the end and thought, 'I've had a good game today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways'.

"I just think we see this week in, week out for Arsenal. He's got a lack of discipline. He’s just not my type of player.

"He cost his team the goal because Forsberg comes inside and he just lets him waltz across him. He's a holding midfield player? He's fake."

When the broadside was put to him by reporters after the match, Xhaka shrugged: "Alright, if he says that it's alright. What can I say about him?

"Everyone can speak, everyone can write. It's not a problem."

Asked whether he knew Neville personally, the 25-year-old added: "No, I don't want to know him. For what?

"Everyone can speak, everyone can write, it's no problem for me. We are professional footballers.

"If you play good, the people write good and speak good. If you lose it is the opposite. It's alright."

Xhaka was similarly sanguine over the Mikael Lustig's pre-match comments, where the Sweden defender claimed his team-mates would try to get the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder sent off.

As it happened, Lustig was the first player into the book at Krestovsky Stadium, meaning he will miss Sweden's showdown against England or Colombia in Samara.

"He said sorry after the game, that what he said was not okay. I accept that. It's alright for me," Xhaka added, refusing to take the opportunity to gloat.

"Everyone wants a little bit to say something before the game.

"I'm not happy he can't play the next game because it's not too easy if you go to the next round and you can't play. I wish him all the best."