Shaqiri unhappy with criticism


The Bayern Munich man is yet to impose himself at the competition, with his country opening their campaign with a 2-1 win over Ecuador before losing 5-2 to France.

The Swiss will play their final Group E tie against Honduras on Wednesday needing to better Ecuador's result against Les Bleus to progress to the last-16.

"We have enough players in the national team that can be decisive. Not just me," Shaqiri told Blick. "It's about the team. Always.

"I feel very comfortable in the team. What bothers me is that I am criticised much harder when something is not working. I'm exactly the same as everyone else."

Despite the heavy defeat to the French last Friday, Shaqiri was able to draw positives given that they were 5-0 down at one stage.

"We have just been totally run over by the French. In the second half we tried to play football. I think to some extent we succeeded.

"It's certainly good for morale that we scored two goals.

"It wasn't easy, we had to chase the ball a lot. We were always a step too late. The performance of the whole team was not optimal.

"Even though I have not scored a goal or made an assist (in the first two games), I am always working.

"I have created opportunities. For me, the most important thing is that we play well as a team. We did not succeed in this against France."