Club vs Country: What matters most?

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A host of countries will battle take to the field tonight (Friday), desperate to clinch a place at next summer's World Cup, but do the fans really care about international football?

When the World Cup arrives in Brazil next summer there's no doubt that fans from across the world, not just those from the 32 qualifying nations, will be glued to their TV set, taking in every minute of every game.

However, outside of the major competitions, are fans really that interested in international football?

Week by week fans are waking up in the early hours of the morning to travel the length of the country just to watch their heroes for 90 minutes, and come rain or shine, win or lose, they'll do exactly the same the next week.

International football just doesn't have the same appeal, outlined by the fact tickets for England's vital World Cup qualifier were still available a day before the game.

The difference being, fans identify themselves with a club, be it Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United or any one else around the world. The club you support is your choice, it's a lifestyle decision that you to stick to for life.

In contrast, the country you are from is thrusted upon you. From birth you are English, Spanish, Brazilian or Nigerian. 

Unless of course you are Adnan Januzaj, who seems to have the choice of almost every country in Europe as he seeks to clarify his international future.

And the Januzaj debate only gives more justification to the argument that club football is far more beloved than it's international counterpart. 

Summer after summer, January after January, fans bombard the internet and radio station with the latest transfer rumours and gossip, tales of how a taxi driver has just picked up a superstar from Heathrow airport and dropped him off at Stamford Bridge.

At present, the biggest debate in international football is who will Januzaj pick, the closest it comes to a transfer dealing in world football. 

And it's not just fans who have a limited interest in International football, arguably the players do too.

Whenever international fixtures come around, countless players will drop out claiming injury, before their inevitable recovery in time from their club's next league fixture.

And then there's the retirements. No player has ever spoken of his desire to cut down on on his club career in order to stay fit for as many international games as possible.

A disagreement with a manager, a few bad games at club level or a couple of persistent injuries is all it takes these days for a player to come out with the classic, "It's been one of the hardest decisions of my life but I no longer wish to be considered for international duty."

Gone are the days when the pinnacle of your career was representing your country, nowadays it's all about playing Champions League football and mega-bucks contracts.

As sad as it may be, international football has lost it's appeal to fans and players alike, and while the Champions League, La Liga and Premier League continue to garner so much attention from around the globe, there's no way back.

Disagree? Why not tell us why you think international football will always be number one.

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