Bendtner cool on criticism

Striker claims fellow frontman offering advice, not criticism

Bendtner: Dismissed criticism

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Nicklas Bendtner has shrugged off criticism from Denmark strike-partner Martin Jorgensen about his ego.

Denmark are currently top of Group 1 but have Saturday's World Cup qualifier opponents Sweden and third placed Portugal breathing heavily down their necks as they look to secure their spot in South Africa next year.

But boss Morten Olsen has had to deal with in-house troubles regarding his strike force after Jorgensen's comments about his team-mate and Arsenal striker Bendtner.

The Fiorentina marksman had been quoted as saying he would prefer to play with a frontman who "accept the rules" after citing the 21-year-old's personality as "general difficulty".

Constructive

But Bendtner, who is expected to lead the line with Jorgensen in the Dane's crucial against neighbours Sweden insists the 34-year-old compatriot is merely trying to help.

"I am convinced that Martin means what he is saying in a good way. I don't take this that seriously," Bendtner told Aftonbladet of his strike-partner's comments.

Bendtner has received a vote of confidence from former Denmark performer Stig Tofting, who said: "It is important that Nicklas keeps to his old style because it can take him far.

"I love the fact that he is a little bit different. Danish football needs characters like him."