O'Neill rages at 'pointless' friendly

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has branded England's forthcoming friendly international in Germany as "meaningless and pointless" even though striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is hotly tipped to earn a call-up from Fabio Capello.

The Villa boss is perplexed about the timing of the match in Berlin next Wednesday given the current heavy domestic and European schedule and with no World Cup qualifiers scheduled until the end of March.

O'Neill said: "My feelings are not mixed. I think it (the internationals) are pointless, not just the England game but all of them next week."

He added: "We will be interrupting cup finals soon for another stab at a friendly game.

"I know people say the England manager is going to experiment but I wouldn't accept it was a really good idea simply because Gabby (Agbonlahor) or Ashley (Young) might get a call-up.

"My view is there are enough international matches being played. They take a lot of time out to play these internationals as well and there have been two lots of two weeks already taken out of this season.

"I can understand an international manager's viewpoint and, if I was one, I'd avail myself of every opportunity to play an international game.

"But there has got to be some sort of recognition about players just not getting a break at all - and eventually it catches up with players."

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