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Everton boss joins clamour over validity of international friendlies

Everton boss David Moyes believes November's international friendlies are a waste of time and that players should be given a break instead. Moyes said: "I think that the international teams feel as if they need the friendlies but I think club managers and myself think the friendlies are not as important as they are made out.

"The players deserve a rest as well. Everybody thinks they own a piece of them and they should be playing Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday. I don't know when people think these players get a bit of time to themselves.

"I think the top, top players need a break.

"So many people take it for granted that they should turn up for an international game and play and it's their duty to do so but it's not.

"The players have to do what is right for themselves and their careers. They are paid by their football club, they are not paid by their associations.

"You only need to see Theo Walcott getting injured this week, think how Arsene Wenger must be feeling and how disappointed they must be that a player has gone away and got injured.

"I think the clubs are right to stand up for their players and I think the players, in a lot of cases, don't look forward to playing in friendly internationals.

"The only people who need it tend to be the football associations to fill their coffers and get some more money in, that's the main reason for these games."

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