Every time International football comes around I die a little inside. Anyone following my Twitter feed will know that I hate International football with passion, and there’s a few reasons why:
- It breaks up the Premier League campaign, when all I care about is watching and following Arsenal.
- Because our squad is full of International players, it is inevitable that we will pick up injuries.
- And even if they don’t come back injured, then they’re shattered from flying half way across the world.
- England will never win anything again.
- English footballers are some of the most overrated and over pampered footballers going. The British media make out they’re world beaters and then they get found out against other International sides.
- England play some of the most boring football known to man. I don’t even watch them any more because it is less interesting than watching paint dry.
- International football just funds the corrupt organisation that is FIFA and Sepp Blatter.
And the Jack Wilshere situation shows how ridiculous International breaks are. Who cares about who players for which country? I could name a million players that technically shouldn’t be playing for their “country” but do so.
Football is a global sport and International football isn’t as important as everyone makes out. We have ex-Arsenal man Eduardo, who is Brazilian, Deco was the same but played for Portugal, and most of the World Cup 98′ winning France squad weren’t really French – but what is French? You had Zidane (Algeria), Vieira (Senegal), Desailly (Ghana), Pires (Portugal), Djorkaeff (Armenia) and Henry and Thuram could be classed being from Guadalupe.
Personally, none of that bothers me and if you qualify to play for a certain International team then good on you I say. Plenty of Welsh, Irish and Scottish players were basically English. How Tony Cascarino ever played for the Republic of Ireland I’ll never know.
But I’m not completely oblivious to the demand of International football. People do like it (for some reason) and I admit, I do get caught up in the hype surrounding the World Cup and European Championships. What I would like to see, is a complete overhaul of International football.
In the summer, the years we don’t have a World Cup or European Championships, we should just have all of the qualification group games played within a 2 month period. There would be no distraction to domestic league campaigns, and no backlash from the Football Associations of different countries.
And more importantly, it would capture the imagination of the fans again. Obviously it wouldn’t be like a proper World Cup or European Championships, but having a qualification tournament in the summer would allow the fans to get completely behind their team without this ridiculous situation where domestic and International games are mixed together.
And furthermore, there wouldn’t be arguments from International managers and club managers about injured players, blah blah blah.
Really, FIFA should sign me up now, I’m a genius.