Peter Schmeichel has urged Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri to grow up.
Shaqiri became embroiled in a row with Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka over the Switzerland national team’s captaincy.
The ex-Inter Milan and Stoke star was absent for Switzerland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar last month.
It had been suggested he was disgruntled by Vladimir Petkovic’s decision to hand Xhaka the armband.
The Gunners ace spoke candidly about the situation following the 1-1 stalemate with Ireland.
“If the captain’s band really is the problem, then we can sit together at one table,” he explained.
“We are grown up enough to talk about it.
“If he really has a problem about that [the captaincy], then he may like the captain’s armband.
“That’s no problem for me. It does not matter to me if I have it.
“I want to give everything to the team, whether that’s with the band or without.”
Manchester United legend Schmeichel hailed Xhaka’s handling of the situation.
The former goalkeeper also fired shots at Shaqiri for his petulance.
“I liked the words of Granit Xhaka in the context of Shaqiri’s absence,” he told Swiss daily Blick.
“I read that the captain question played a role in Shaqiri’s thinking.
“Although this has been denied in the meantime, nevertheless I found it strong that Xhaka said: ‘If Shaqiri wants to have the captain’s armband, he should take it.’
“Xhaka showed that he wants to be a leader even without ties – and gave the pressure to Shaqiri.
“That was brilliant of him. In contrast to Shaqiri, who behaved like a child.”
Shaqiri, 27, has been a relatively peripheral figure for Liverpool this season.
The experienced star has made just two Premier League appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.