Stoke City boss speaks sense.
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Stoke boss Tony Pulis has said teams should be paid player wages and costs for treatment to injuries sustained on international duty in friendly matches.
Liverpool were unhappy with the England set-up after Steven Gerrard was injured in the 2-1 defeat by France.
And Pulis said: “For full-blooded international games, then there is no problem with sending the players away.
“If they want to do friendlies they should pay wages and if they come back injured they should look after that.”
Liverpool captain Gerrard had been expected to play for only an hour in Wednesday’s clash at Wembley but was kept on for 85 minutes before eventually coming off with a hamstring injury.
England manager Fabio Capello defended his decision, insisting that he needed senior players on the pitch with Gareth Barry and Rio Ferdinand already off with injuries.
But Pulis questioned the point of friendly internationals, suggesting they were often little more than a handy way to raise revenue.
“There is nothing better than playing for your country but that is in proper games not friendly matches and I think it has shown again with the team Capello played,” he stated.
“He has played a lot of young players and given people a chance but they are like pre-season games.
“[If the clubs were paid] I think that would see friendly games dramatically subside.
“What did they get at Wembley last night, 85,000? [actual attendance 85,495]. That is helping to pay for the stadium as much as anything else in my opinion.” (BBC Sport)
The Stoke City manager does of course speak sense and appears to back the idea we spoke of earlier this morning. So would the FA ever back such a scheme? Seems unlikely as it would probably result in them having to reconsider playing these pointless friendlies in the first place.
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