Club v country debate intensifies
International football appears to have become less important to players
With the international week behind us now it's time to turn our heads back to what really matters nowadays.
Why bother watching your country when your club teams won't even send its best players to represent; Daniel Sturridge was injured prior to the grudge match between Liverpool & Manchester United but he started and even scored the winning goal.
So knowing that Sturridge would be chosen for England why risk playing when the fete of the country's World Cup hopes lie hanging in the balance?
Although England came through the two matches with Moldova (as expected) and the troublesome Ukraine, you reflect and think: do England really need players that don't want to represent their country in friendlies and qualifiers.
The answer is no.
When you play for England you are expected to leave everything behind on the pitch: your last bit of energy, the last shot, the last pass and even a last goal. These days are long gone; playing for England is just a chance to gain some extra match time.
But still the players selected make it look really tough. How hard can it be earning £100,000 a week?
But playing for England is tough; the eyes of the world are over you and the expectation is huge. It's not just a routine 3 o'clock kick-off against Hull, where a win is near guaranteed; it can be a World Cup qualifier on a pitch you'd expect to see on your son's Sunday League - and Premier League managers are not willing to risk their players getting injured on these ridiculous surfaces. But why should they?
Why should you go and let your star players represent a nation that struggles in qualification and only ever reaches the, if lucky, quarter-finals?
When the nation expects, expect nothing.
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