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  • A Yahoo! User Nov 13, 2012 10:25 Flag

    England - How do they pick the squad?

    theres always been average players getting called up.
    we have had jenas & hudd who arent international quality.

    jay boothroyd, kevin nolan, leon osman, etc

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    • That's fine, and I can understand it if the player is going through a relatively good patch for his club (years back with Jeffers, Nugent maybe), but even an ardent T'Hudd supporter would find it hard arguing that he's in a good/great vein of form. But like Wilshire, he's suddenly back in the club squad after a long layoff, and then gets a call up to England. Odd what Hodgson has seen.
      I possibly could have understood him getting a call a couple of years back before he had the injury, and maybe, if he gets pitch time after we get the injuries back, he may warrant it again. But I don't see it now.

    • The dearth of quality players able to be called upon to play of England is sad to see.

      Seems like club before country prevails in today's mercenary world of football.

      Shame the FA can't go down the route of rugby and cricket and have players on a central contract thus ensuring they're available for selection. But that's a can of worms I doubt anyone would want to open ...

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      • "But that's a can of worms I doubt anyone would want to open ... "

        Nor should it be. Country football had it's day in the sunshine during the summer and not once but twice (Euro's & Olympics). August to May is club football. Why should fan's of club football have to put up with the stars of their team getting injured in meaningless friendly's or BS qualifier's? Do that shit in May or June.