Birmingham City centre-back Liam Ridgewell has defended himself over accusations that he deliberately clattered into Arsenal's Theo Walcott in the recent meeting of the two sides.
Ridgewell has been criticised by some pundits for his actions, which went unpunished by referee Lee Probert, but which resulted in Walcott being sidelined ever since.
He told the Birmingham Mail: "I was sliding in from behind, getting the ball. My momentum carried me through.
"He's a fellow professional, a young Englishman and I wouldn't intentionally try to hurt anyone, especially someone you want to go and help win the World Cup for us.
"It's a pity such a big thing was made of it. He didn't come out and say anything, I didn't come out and say anything and it was just disappointing that certain people - who had nothing to do with it - said stuff.
"The main thing for me was to just get a tackle in and it was there, the ball was there to be won."