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O'Neill's England Anger

O'Neill's England Anger

Martin O'Neill has reiterated that he doesn't believe Emile Heskey should have played for England earlier in the week as it aggravated his Achilles injury.

Speaking on the official site O'Neill revealed that Heskey is now 'touch and go' for Sunday's FA Cup clash against Everton.

'There is a set of rules now where, even if we felt a player had an injury, he still has to link up with the international squad to be assessed by their doctor.

'Luke Young went away and came back because of his sore toe and we thought the same might also apply to Emile.

'As it turns out, it didn't and he played the game.

'Now he is very, very sore from the same injury he had against Blackburn. I am perturbed, surprised and disappointed.

'It's a problem for us now because he is touch and go for the game on Sunday. In my opinion, he shouldn't have played in the game.'

It's not the first time O'Neill has spoken about friendly matches and their importance over 'club' football and it's hard not to agree with him.

The world and his dog knew that Heskey had taken a knock, and it's not like Capello doesn't know what Heskey can do in an England shirt. There was no need to play him and risk further injury. He also had options and if the idea of friendlies is to 'look at' new players, they why leave two flying wingers on the bench?

O'Neill continued:

'Generally speaking, I can understand the situation for an international manager wanting to try some players out.

'But from a club point of view it's particularly hopeless - and always has been. The friendlies from a club perspective are an absolute waste of time.'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday February 13 2009
Time: 3:46PM


I`m sorry but you can`t sign someone because they are an england international calibre striker and then moan when they play for england.
13/02/2009 17:59:00
Well, I think it's a case of Sorry Monny, you should have done what your top 4 rival managers would have done, and yanked them from the squad.

The Messiah has some lessons yet to learn?
13/02/2009 17:59:00
I don't think he's moaning over the fact that he's playing for england. But if a player goes off with an injury 3/4 days earlier in a match for their club, maybe its not such a wise move to play them in the international match.
13/02/2009 18:14:00
Its not capellos problem though,Why come out moaning about it in the press,Its just stupid and pointless,If heskey would not have been in the squad he would have been saying how suprised he was.We had our two strikers up front for england,I thought it was ******** great.
13/02/2009 18:24:00
MON didn't "sign an England player and then moan when he played for England", lerner, he moaned because Heskey played when he was already unfit, which was why he came off against Blackburn.
13/02/2009 19:04:00
ah! sore toe that's sweet! sorry lads, in a funny mood it's been a funny week down in SW6!
13/02/2009 19:42:00
I wish people would actually read the actual quotes from MON, not just the headlines. He stated that he had to allow Heskey to join up with England, that's the rule. He is just expressing his doubts as to the England medical team. He's saying Heskey wasn't fit to play, and they got it wrong. He has no problem with Capello, just the medical decision taken.
13/02/2009 20:38:00
Well said, 1874 - too many are quick to jump upon inaccurate headlines from the Star ... As I understand it the ruling now is that players MUST attend and their fitness is then decided upon by the England medics.
13/02/2009 20:58:00
Whos doe's Martin Oneill think he is Alex Ferguson? When Villa are Manyoo then and only then can he pick the England team.
14/02/2009 07:51:00
Col8 - quality mate, quality. Let us all not forget that Heskey loves playing for England and may have EVEN said he was okay when he wasn't.....anyone on the medical team big enough to tell Heskey that his bums on fire? No? Didn't think so. My freind the wall fly tells me the conversation wnet something like this: Small Medical person of no substantial physique:--------------"EMILE, WE'VE ASSESSED YOU'RE RUNNING AND CAN SEE QUITE CLEARLY YOU'RE CARRYING A INJURY TO YOUR RIGHT ACHILLES. YOU WILL BE WITHDRAWN FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL HEALTH."-----------------------------------------------Emile "T" Heskey: " SAY WHAT FOOL!? I PITY THE MAN THAT TELLS ME I'M NOT FIT. I DO! I DO! COME HERE SUCKA!"------------------------------ Now an even smaller looking medical person: " MR HESKEY, WE'VE LOOKED AT YOU'RE RUNNING AND YOU'RE FINE, TALLY HO AND ALL THAT, BON JOURNO TO YOU!"- Emile "T" Heskey: " GRRR. IF I SEE YOU ACTING LIKE THAT AGAIN I'M GONNA CAUSE YOU SOME PAAAAAAIIIIN! "
14/02/2009 09:56:00
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