The England captain was criticised for a dive when he won a late penalty against Arsenal in last weekend’s north London derby.
He was also criticised for going down too easily under a challenge from Newcastle (opens in new tab) centre-back Jamaal Lascelles a week earlier, but the 26-year-old was insistent when asked if he has ever dived.
“I said after the Arsenal game it's a 50/50 one, similar to the one we got given against us at Wembley the year before. It happens in football.
"I am someone who uses his body well, which as a striker you have to do at every level. On the halfway line it's a free-kick every day of the week. In the penalty box you don't always get it.
"People's opinions are their opinions. I wasn't concentrating on that sort of stuff. For me, it's about doing my best on the pitch and the most important thing is about winning games."
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.
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