The club versus country row is back with more venom and this time it is the Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce who voices his discontent at international friendlies.
We’re disappointed with the way we played (last week) and then there’s anger really with the fact I haven’t seen half of the players this week, and I won’t see them until we get to the hotel in Portsmouth on Friday.
You want to work on the training ground and put things right, and we’ve picked up some suspensions and injuries too.
But you can’t work with your team because they’re away on international duty.
I know when you sign these players from Ecuador, Honduras, Jamaica and Barbados that they’re going to have to play international football. But to go traipsing halfway round the world for a friendly game at this time of year – I just can’t get to grips with that at all.
I’m trying to protect the club that I work for and pays us, and it’s been a nonsense.
You know how bad it is getting off a plane when you’ve been on holiday, let alone when you’re trying to prepare for an important Premier League game.
Whoever thought of putting in a friendly game now – I’m sorry, but it’s the wrong preparation.
Uh-oh…. Same points, same arguments, same controversy….. Football seems to be moving in circles, it seems!