England star Wayne Rooney dismissed Paul Scholes' criticism on Thursday, saying he is 'not interested' in his former team-mate's comments.
As has been the case in the lead-up to the past two FIFA World Cups, a large portion of the English media coverage ahead of Brazil 2014 has focused on Rooney and his importance to his national team.
England manager Roy Hodgson declared last week it is 'sad' how his country is 'Rooney-obsessed', while the Manchester United striker's performance was questioned in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Ecuador, despite his goal in the 29th minute.
Hodgson used the 28-year-old on the left wing with new Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert leading the line ahead of Everton's Ross Barkley, which prompted questions about whether Rooney would be able to produce his best in Brazil in a wide role.
This came after Scholes questioned whether Rooney was past his peak and 'worn out', having started his senior career with Everton at the age of 16.
But Rooney has claimed he does not listen to comments from people outside the England camp and argued Scholes has very little to do with him nowadays.
"To be honest, I'm not really interested in what anyone else has got to say," Rooney said.
"I'm interested in what Roy Hodgson, the coaching staff and the people around me say. People have their opinions but I don't agree with them.
"He (Scholes) has been a team-mate of mine but he's also been away from the (United) first team for a long time. I've seen a lot of you (journalists) saying he's coached me and been around the team but he hasn't.
"I'm not really going to react. I'm not interested. He's got his opinions so let's leave it at that."
Rooney's goal against Ecuador was his 39th for England, although the United forward has never scored at a World Cup despite playing eight matches across two tournaments.
Generally, Rooney's lack of goals at World Cups have been blamed on injury problems he has carried into the tournaments but he declared that will not be a problem this year, despite missing several games in the final month of last season.
"I've trained hard, with no injuries and no recurrence of the groin strain I had at the end of the season," he said.
"I was always going to need game-time and I felt really good (against Ecuador), especially in the heat.
"I'm ready to play. I'm sure the manager will have a tough decision but I'm ready. I feel better."
Rooney added he does not care where Hodgson plays him on the pitch and promised he can have a significant influence as a winger, striker or attacking midfielder.
"I know how to play that role. I've played it many times and I have no problem doing that," the Croxteth-born attacker said.
"I've proved over the years I can play in different positions and now it's down to the manager.
"It's not about me, it's about the team, and if the manager wants to play me up top, in behind, left, right, I'm happy to do that."
|Benitez agent to meet with De Laurentiis|
|Chelsea´s ´boring´ style not an issue - Arnesen|
|Ramos laments poor Turin display|
|Southampton to place trust in academy - Reed|
|Bale not listening to failed managers - agent|
|Bigirimana believes relegation could be good for Newcastle|
|Chelsea still hungry for Liverpool win - Matic|
|Bournemouth to invest in players before stadium|
|Police visit Sports Direct over Rangers investigation|
|Guard of honour should spark Liverpool - Lallana|
|Liverpool to sign teenage Portuguese star|
|Thiago would´ve stayed at Barca under Pep|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Tigres advance to quarters|
|Houston Dynamo 0 San Jose Earthquakes 1: Kinnear claims triumphant Texas return|
|Martinez: Everton got carried away during unbeaten run|
|Neymar has flourished with captaincy - Dunga|
|A-League Preview: Victory, City to meet in biggest Melbourne derby|
|Ramos: Real Madrid in box seat|
|´Bale gave Real nothing´ - Keane|
|Hill backs Ramsey for QPR job|
|Ancelotti confident of Real revival|
|Allegri rues late Llorente miss in Juve triumph|
|Juve sent a warning - Pirlo|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2 Dundee United 1: Ofere and Williams keep European dream alive|
|Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Spot-on Tevez earns first-leg lead|
|Sturridge hip surgery a success|
|Coloccini calls for unity as Newcastle target survival|
|Doumbia cleared to make Milan trip|
|Harper calls for Hull unity|
|Guardiola not distracted by Barca homecoming|
|No defence can stop Barca star Messi - Guardiola|
|Neuer ready to face Barca strike trio|
|Napoli v Dnipro: Benitez seeks to make experience count|
|Jones ready for United return|
|Injury rules Oscar out of Brazil´s Copa squad|
|Mazinho proud ahead of Barca v Bayern contest|
|Sevilla v Fiorentina: Kolodziejczak confident ahead of semi-final test|
|Skipper Soriano set for Villarreal return|
|Martinez wary of Pienaar risk|
|AFC Champions League Review: Holders Western Sydney out due to last-gasp Seoul winner|
|Barca focused ahead of Pep return - Luis Enrique|
|Messi has ´no problem´ with Luis Enrique|
|Relegated Tranmere appoint Brabin|
|Ujah agrees Werder transfer|
|Magath backs Guardiola to remain at Bayern|
|Mathieu out of Bayern clash|
|Burnley appeal Duff dismissal|
|Setif drawn in Algeria-heavy Champions League group|
|Terry calls for new Drogba deal|
|Saul agrees bumper Atletico deal|
|Arsenal need to finish season strongly - Wenger|
|New Bilbao deal for Gurpegi|
|Pepe puts Morata friendship aside for Champions League match-up|
|Terry: Too long between titles|
|Hazard can be as good as Messi, Ronaldo - Fabregas|
|Carlisle ´deeply ashamed´ about suicide attempt|
|Tevez planning to win Champions League with Juve|
|Blatter ´knows absolutely nothing´ - Maradona|
|Allegri: Ancelotti a smart man|
|Sunderland academy coach to manage Oldham|
|Primeira Liga Review: Braga secure Europa League berth|
|Bruce backing Hull to respond against Burnley|
|Almeria 2 Celta Vigo 2: Bifouma, Zongo inspire hosts´ comeback|
|Arsenal can mount title bid - Wenger|
|Turkish Super Lig Review: Besiktas and Galatasaray remain locked at the top|
|Cagliari 4 Parma 0: Festa revival back in gear|
|Hull City 1 Arsenal 3: Sanchez at the double as visitors close on second|
|Blackpool - Huddersfield game will not be finished|
|Allegri vindicated by Juventus success|
|Russian Premier League Review: Krasnodar close the gap as Zenit slip up|
|Al Ahly dismiss Garrido|
|MLS Preview: Kinnear returns to Dynamo with Earthquakes|
|Ancelotti all out for victory against Juventus|
|Ramires recovering well after sickness|
|Prince Ali would back rival FIFA candidate to oust Blatter|
|Barcelona v Bayern Munich: Guardiola makes Camp Nou return|
|Kruse a target for Wolfsburg - Allofs|
|Fletcher backing Bournemouth to ´surprise a few´|
|Bremen agree deal with Fritz|
|Carver gets Newcastle backing|
|Blaszczykowski suffers groin tear|
|Boateng warns of Barca ´storm´|
|Brouwers agrees Gladbach extension|
|Benzema to miss Turin trip|
|England great Jimmy Greaves suffers stroke|
|Cabaye concerned by bit-part role at PSG|
|Parry: Anfield expansion a major boost|
|Ki targets Arsenal win and seventh spot|
|Pirlo eyes potential Champions League swansong|
|Mourinho rounds on critics after clinching title|
|Henderson: Liverpool can push on without Gerrard|
|Lack of goals a concern for Van Gaal|
|Hard to keep Benteke - Bacuna|
|MLS Review: Sporting KC end Chicago streak, Martins brace furthers NYC pain|
|Copa Libertadores Preview: River eye revenge in Superclasico|
|Garcia lauds ´impressive´ Roma|
|Pavon goal scores him a BMW for a month|
|Boca beat River in Superclasico|
|Inzaghi to blood youth after third straight Milan defeat|
|Blanc urges PSG to ´remain vigilant´|