He told the Daily Mail: "Listen, he's entitled to his opinion. I'm a fan of his, he is one of the best managers in the world. I won't lose any sleep over it.
"Throughout my career I have had praise from all types of people, including him, and I am not vain enough to take it all. I have had some unbelievable praise from him and he tried to buy me, certainly on one occasion. Maybe even two.
"For me, the most important thing is what Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson are thinking. I think they are really pleased with me and that is all I will worry about. 107 caps isn't bad for someone who isn't "a top, top player", is it?"
The 33-year-old is fighting to be fit for England's friendly double header against Chile and Germany this week, as he manages a persistent hip injury.