Of course it is a great honour to be chosen to play for your country and wear the shirt with pride, but how many of us are actually that bothered about the international break?
Wouldn't we prefer fewer international breaks so that we could get into the rhythm and stride of the football season a bit more?
This season, because of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, we have been stopping the season for around two weeks every four to five weeks apart and don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t enjoy watching the national team, it’s just I miss the regular fast-paced football on a weekend and during the week with the Championship and Champions League.
Roy Hodgson’s a smart man and only picks the players he believes will offer the most to the team and for their country, just like any other manager.
However, recent interviews with Premier League managers suggest that they are not always keen to see their best players go out on international duty as they don’t want to run the risk of them coming back injured and unavailable for selection come their next club match.
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A prime example of this would be Diego Costa for Chelsea. He was in unstoppable form going into the last international break and, deservedly, earned himself a call up to the Spain national team.
The euphoria soon wore off as Chelsea received their star player back in an injured state, which would keep him out for nearly a month.
Obviously, Jose Mourinho wasn’t best pleased as his only back-up was 36-year-old Didier Drogba after secondary striker Loic Remy joined the injury list after scoring a goal in the Champions League a few weeks back.
However, to his credit, Drogba is gaining match fitness and has also added a couple more goals to his club tally after a run of games in the starting line-up.
Costa is now regaining match fitness and is showing glimpses of his previous form after scoring another goal last week against former title contenders Liverpool.
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So what would you rather? Fewer Premier League stoppages and fewer but longer international breaks or keep with the system that we have now?
What would the managers of their clubs prefer? And finally, what do you think the players would prefer?
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