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Ex-Tottenham boss Pleat: England players care more about their clubs

Former Tottenham boss David Pleat says England's players care more about their clubs than the national team.

Fabio Capello's team have failed to beat the United States and Algeria and now face a match against Slovenia which will define their future in the World Cup.

And former Tottenham, Luton, Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday manager Pleat said: "I think the players in this country have been well protected by the clubs, making the (England) shirt less important to them.

"Their desire to play for their country is not what it was years ago. It doesn't mean as much and that's a shame. Their clubs are the most important things in their lives."

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