Aston Villa - O'Neill Irked With Pointless England Friendly
UK time is: 16:38:53
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

O'Neill Irked With Pointless England Friendly

Martin O'Neill has slammed the timing of the England v Hungary friendly as it comes just 72 hours before the big kick off.

Villa could lose five players from the squad as England look to regain some pride after the World Cup debacle with Stewart Downing, Ashley Young, James Milner, Stephen Warnock and Gabby Agbonlahor all potentially poised to kick start the new look England.

I say new look England, can you really see Gerrard, Lampard, Terry, and Rooney as the main South African culprits actually playing no part?

The contradiction comes as O'Neill has prided himself on players gaining England caps based on the progress of the club but it's hard not to disagree that a friendly that close to so many opening kick offs is frankly ridiculous and proves once again that the FA simply do not have their finger on the button when it comes to club football and fans.

Speaking to the Express and Star O'Neill said:

'It is a problem to have an international match the week before the season starts.'

O'Neill continues to add that he believes the Premier League and the clubs have been more than fair for friendlies and so on, but on the back of a World Cup year where England players get less of a break before being called back into action, it cannot be anything more than a 'nuisance' for the international squad to have 3 more matches before even October.

'Then, in early September, there are two internationals in quick succession and the players are away for almost two weeks. It eats into the season.'

Question is, will anybody bother with them or have England successfully turned fans back to what is important....club football.

Vital Villa on: facebook

Vital Villa on: twitter

Join The Vital Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 5 2010

Time: 3:08PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
It must be a pain in the wossname for managers and coaches. The players may gain some benefit from selection, the fans may even enjoy it. But what is it for?
andy5759
Report Abuse
05/08/2010 15:39:00

To be honest the friendly date is a pointless date before the season starts poor timing. I do think they need a few friendlies because the so called golden generation need to be taken out the team and replaced with young promising players such as the likes of johnson, agbonlahor, young, walcott, huddlestone etc he needs to do what brazil do strip the team and keep a few from the world cup and then add from youth ready for 2014.
P.Avfc
Report Abuse
05/08/2010 23:02:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. ClivetheVillan 383
2. Pride of Lions 297
3. The Fear 127
4. DeanoVilla 69
5. kefkat 60
6. sirdennis 55
7. villawill 52
8. thefacehead 50
9. Thomas Holte 43
10. 1958Villan 41

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. AFC Bournemouth 0 0 0 0 +0 0
2. Arsenal 0 0 0 0 +0 0
3. Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 +0 0
4. Chelsea 0 0 0 0 +0 0
5. Crystal Palace 0 0 0 0 +0 0
6. Everton 0 0 0 0 +0 0
7. Leicester City 0 0 0 0 +0 0

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Schneiderlin, Alderweireld & Others
Southampton : 06/07/2015 16:34:01
Now Which of the Two Sides Did You Rate the Highes
Chelsea : 06/07/2015 16:12:01
Sporting Meet RvW Price
Norwich : 06/07/2015 16:12:01
Newcastle 22nd Most Richest Brand
Newcastle : 06/07/2015 16:06:01
New Coaching Duo Give First Interviews
Newcastle : 06/07/2015 16:02:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Ray Wilkins appointment?
Suggested By:  JP Fear
Good 79%
Bad 5%
Indifferent 16%