In sports such as cricket and rugby, representing your country is the pinnacle of your career, but this doesn’t seem to be the case in football anymore.
With cricket for example the Ashes is going on, yet at the same time the County Championship carries on.
It would be unthinkable for the Premier League to carry on, while all the better players are away on international duty.
Playing for England just doesn’t have that aura about it anymore. Not now that we have the Premier League and the Champions League.
It is now common practise in football for players to pull out of friendly internationals and major championship qualifiers with mystery injuries, only to make a full recovery ready for the following weekends Premier League game.
I think it would be fair to say that it’s the bigger clubs that are the main culprits of this, and their fans have absolutely no problem, because in their words they would rather their team won the League than see England win the World Cup.
Yet it’s not quite that simple because as soon as England fail, they are the first to moan.
Surely though they realise that one of the reasons that England underachieve, is because their teams won’t release the better players.
England will always struggle if their fortunes are so low down on everyone’s list of priorities.
For the players at least it should be the pinnacle of their career. After all, the World Cup only comes round every four years, and as good as it is the Champions League is, it takes place every year so you would think the players would care a little more about the World Cup that they appear to.
Of course the reason they don’t is because of the amount of money they receive from their clubs each week, and they don’t want to compromise that.
So top clubs don’t care, the top players don’t care that much and the fans of big clubs don’t really care, so does anyone?
Well, Wembley is full for most home internationals and England always seems to have a good away following. If you take a closer look at the flags and banners, you will see written on the St. George’s cross the names of various lower league clubs.
Here we have fans that are not dazzled by the bright lights of the Premier League and Champions League. They are genuine, passionate football fans who actually care about the England national team and can be seen at the friendlies and qualifiers as well as the big tournaments.
So although the England national team is not that high on everyone’s list of priorities, at least we have some fans out there that genuinely care about it through thick and thin all of the time.
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