England’s Hodgson worried international breaks are to give club players a rest

Roy Hodgson feels the international break is no longer a priority for players to play for the country.

The England boss suggests that a lot of players who could be selected for national teams are deciding to use the week as a break away from the game, forcing him to question the national loyalty of highly-paid club stars.

"Football needs the club and international game," said Hodgson. "It is a great pity some people are trying to suggest international football should be reduced to a lesser stage because the club teams have important matches.

"One thing that bothers me slightly is that these international breaks are being seen as a 10-day break you don't always get during a season.

"We have a season that starts in the middle of August and doesn't stop until the middle of May. It is a long time.

"But it concerns me that we are all guilty of accepting international breaks are a chance to go to some warm place and have a relaxation period.

"Friendlies are always played in periods allocated to you. It is quite easy to plan your time around them. If your players need a rest it is not obligatory that it has to be during international break."

 
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