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Edin Dzeko criticises Bosnia coach

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It's not often that an international footballer complains about playing 90 minutes, but Edin Dzeko has done just that after Bosnia coach Safet Susic failed to substitute the striker during the 2-0 defeat to Egypt, according to Sky Sports

After starring in City's Capital One Cup win over Sunderland last week, the striker met up with his country carrying a knock and was expected to play a bit-part role in the friendly. 

But Susic kept the 27-year-old on for the full game and the former Wolfsburg player has reacted angrily. 

"I came here with a niggling injury and Susic knew that, and he still didn't substitute me either at half-time, which was the plan, or after the break when I asked to be replaced," Dzeko said on his Facebook page.

"I don't know why he left me on the pitch for the full 90 minutes."

Dzeko was Bosnia's stand-out performer in their successful World Cup qualification campaign and finished as their top scorer but after an indifferent display in the defeat to Egypt, he came under scrutiny for fans. 

However, the forward has hit out at his critics. He added: "I wish to thank all fans who support me but the others should be ashamed because I am a born winner and always played my heart out for the national team." 

Despite being in his bad books, Susic defended Dzeko's performance and believes the striker was unlucky to receive so much criticism.

"Dzeko didn't deserve so much criticism for a poor performance in a friendly, as anyone can have a bad day," he was quoted by Sky Sports as saying.

"Many players had a bad day but the fan reaction was unfair as we missed several key players through injury." 


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