Let me first off start by saying that I hate international breaks!
I find that whenever I watch England play that the players look like they can’t be bothered to be there. Friday’s match was an example of this and I always feel that the team don’t put the effort in.
Now I might not be that interested in the international fixtures as we have no representative of NUFC in the squad. But there is nothing better than seeing my beloved Toon playing a match. There’s something about our games that really gets me interested, it’s just a different type of game to the international ones.
The other thing that makes me question the international breaks is: does it disrupt the flow we have? We have had a tremendous start to the season and I would love to see this run continue but does it affect the players if they have to participate in international matches?
This may not be the case but the run that we have had has been one that has seen us consolidate our position of 4th in the table. Yes it may be great for the players to have a break but surely if there was no break it would allow us to keep the momentum going.
Another thing that gets on my nerves about these breaks is that there seems to be so many of them and I always get worried about our players who are on international duty. My case in point being Yohan Cabaye. There were numerous reports saying that he had suffered an injury that would see him miss their next game. However it wasn’t a problem in the end as Cabaye came through just over an hour last night and looked as though he’ll be fit for Spurs on Sunday.
The players already have a punishing schedule with the league and cup games they have to play and it seems as if FIFA are trying to make more money by adding more international games and friendlies into the calendar. Sometimes the timing of these can be absurd, like the Holland match which was called off due to the riots. Why on earth was it scheduled a couple of days before the season? We’ll never know but with the schedules they already have it will no doubt place a strain on our players’ bodies.
I would rather see my team play week in and week out. I don’t want to waste my time watching the England players who don’t really seem that bothered to be playing representing my country. If you want to play for my country could you at least sing the national anthem rather than looking glum? If I ever got the chance to do that I would sing my heart out as I would be proud to be playing for my country.
Nothing beats seeing the Newcastle team line up on the St James’ turf before a game, there’s just a real buzz that doesn’t occur when international games are on.
What do you think?