Sfer...do you really think that, in this case, sensible and right are the same? Because I don't. I know why its done, and I know a lot of teams managers do it, but look at it in another light.
We lost Defoe to Pompey because he couldn't get a regular spot on the field...David Bentley blew up at Ramos early in the season because he kept getting played all over the park...what do the two have in common...they both wanted to play (in their preferred positions in one case and just play, in the other) to further their international careers.
There was a time, not so long ago that we had a good number of our first team suiting up for club and country...it's usually the mark of a good team, the fact that, as you so rightly pointed out, that we don't right now speaks volumes.
All that to say, yes, I know why the phantom injuries come up when International Friendly time comes around...and everyone feels they're justified to do it, but I think it runs counter to the spirit of the game.
Also I'm not such a bumpkin that I don't acknowledge the potential downside of going with the spirit of the game...money's such a corrupting force that pretty much anything goes these days. (Not to say there waasn't any corruption in the Golden Age, but it wasn't as widespread or accepted witht the wink it gets now).
And Lennon opens the scoring (score one to Harry...)