Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has blasted those that label him a flair player as "lazy".
The 28-year-old is eager to secure a place in England's World Cup squad although some critics claim there is not a place for him in Fabio Capello's favoured formation.
Cole scored his first goal in 24 games in last week's crucial clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford, which Chelsea won 2-1 to take pole position in the title race.
A cheeky back-heel finish, it demonstrated the skill Cole possesses, but such moments of individual flair have led to criticism of his overall game.
But Cole insists he works as hard as any other player in his position and believes he can help the Blues win the double this season.
"I have steel, I've got some balls," he said.
"People who market me as just a flair player are a bit lazy. Come and watch me for five or six games. I don't think there is a winger or an attacking midfielder who works as hard as me.
"I want to help my team. Sometimes I probably do it too much, maybe I should be a bit more clever, but now is not the time for that.
"Now is the time for everyone at Chelsea to do their jobs with no mistakes. If we don't make any more mistakes we could win a double."
Cole was touted as a star of the future while coming through the youth ranks at West Ham and although he made a big-money move to Chelsea in August 2003, he points out that he has not had everything he own way.
Cole has struggled to regain full fitness since suffering a serious knee ligament injury in an FA Cup tie against Southend 15 months ago.
Since returning to action last September, Cole's progress has been hampered by a series of niggling setbacks.
But he believes all those experiences have made him stronger and would make him a valuable asset in England's squad this summer.
"I've had the broadest spectrum of ups and downs a footballer can have," said Cole.
"I've captained a side to relegation (2003), I've won titles (2005, 2006), I've missed out on playing in a major tournament (unused squad player at Euro 2004) and also started a World Cup, where I scored an amazing goal (against Sweden in 2006).
"I've had all the highs and lows, which is a rich thing because life is about experiences. I just keep coming back and coming back stronger."
Cole will be hoping for another chance to stake his international claim when Chelsea take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.
The Blues have set their sights on winning the club's first-ever domestic double, and Cole is still haunted by Chelsea's failure to win it in 2006, when he spurned a great chance in their 2-1 semi-final defeat by eventual winners Liverpool.
"We would have played West Ham in the final that year, so you would have definitely fancied us to win the double," Cole added.
"I was very disappointed because that was one of my best seasons in a Chelsea shirt. I had a great chance, the ball dropped to me five yards out and I skied it into the stands.
"Two minutes later the whistle goes and I got on the coach feeling I had let people down.
"You remember those things as a footballer. I remember the misses, that was the worst I ever experienced.
"It would be really special if we won the double this season, only six teams have done so, but it's hard and we're a long way from doing it.
"Just because we won at Old Trafford we have to remember there is still work to do."