Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick says the governing body is not to blame for the delay over the new Wembley stadium.
The new Wembley stadium has hit major delays
The stadium was supposed to open this year but there are now doubts about it being ready for the 2007 FA Cup final.
"I understand we are open to some degree of criticism, I would say misplaced criticism," he said.
"We are waiting for the builders to hand over the keys - we're not building the stadium, Multiplex is."
The new national stadium, which is costing £757m, was due to open at the beginning of 2006, but Australian firm Multiplex announced a series of delays over its completion.
The FA has been forced to hold the FA Cup final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and change England fixtures to Old Trafford.