Pulis calls for friendly rethink

BY foxsports • November 18, 2010

Controversy arose out of England's 2-1 defeat to France when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who was expected to play for only an hour, was kept on for 85 minutes before eventually coming off with a hamstring injury. Pulis feels if national teams had to pay for their players' services - and aftercare when they were injured - then it would have a dramatic effect on the international calendar. "For full-blooded international games, proper games when they are qualifying for a major tournament, then there is no problem with sending the players away," he said. "There is nothing better than playing for your country but that is in proper games not friendly matches and I think it has shown again on Wednesday night with the team Capello played. "He has played a lot of young players and given people a chance but they are like pre-season games. "If they want to do friendly matches then they should pay the wages and if they come back injured they should look after all of that. "I think that would see friendly games dramatically subside. "What did they get at Wembley, 85,000? That is helping to pay for the stadium as much as anything else in my opinion." Stoke had three players away on international duty - Ireland's Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson and Jon Walters - but Iceland's Eidur Gudjohnsen and Bosnia's Asmir Begovic did not join up with their national sides. And, for that reason, Bosnia-Herzegovina manager Safet Susic has hit out at Stoke. Begovic played for the Potters in their 2-0 victory over Liverpool at the weekend but then failed to link up with his country for Wednesday's clash against Slovakia. It is thought that the goalkeeper withdrew due to injury but Susic is far from happy with the situation. He feels Stoke should have allowed him to travel and has called for the club to be punished. "For me it is incomprehensible that someone doesn't want to answer my call, even if he knows that he could play," Susic told Dnevni Avaz. "Yes, I now know who will be my goalkeeper for the next game against Romania. Begovic helped me with his action to find a solution. "But on the whole this is just unfair - from his part and also from his club. And yes, we will be calling for sanctions against Begovic and Stoke City. "There is not any player in this world that his club can prevent him to play for his national team." Bosnia ran out impressive 3-2 winners against Slovakia thanks to goals from Haris Medunjanin, Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko.

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