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Capello Ignorant Of City Players Schedules

Conspiracy alert. Erratic England manager Fabio Capello fielded four Manchester City players against Ghana yet chose to rest Rooney, Terry, Dawson, Cole and Lampard...

The decision to send home the five England regulars was based upon the premise that:

'I decided the five players to let go because they had just played four games in ten days.'

Well on face value, that's alright then. But hang on a minute. City are about to play their 50th game of the season's campaign against Sunderland who to further emphasise the point have played 17 games less than The Blues this season. Furthermore, City's squad just came through 13 fixtures in a 46 day period.

Dig deeper and lest we forget, Wayne Rooney embarked upon a lengthy head straightening disguised as an injury related absence earlier in the season. Frank Lampard himself has only played 23 fixtures this season including run outs for England.

In a fortnight when Micah Richards suffered a wholly unnecessarily risked injury for England Under 21's, James Milner, Joe Hart and Gareth Barry playing the full 90 minutes against Ghana alongside a full second half Joleon Lescott appearance cannot at all be viewed as ideal, particularly when you consider that both Barry and Roberto Mancini have bemoaned the intensity of City's fixture list in recent weeks.

There's a long held belief that the Football Association favour the erstwhile 'Big Four' whenever they can. By the looks of who took to the field in the friendly last night, it also appears that Tottenham, newly established in last season's top four also came in for preferential treatment alongside Chelsea and United.

All eyes on a reaction from Mancio because if Sir Alex Ferguson was in his shoes this week, he would be going ballistic.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 30 2011

Time: 8:10AM

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Or maybe it's because all of those players are in the Champions League next week? Wouldn't have taken you much research to find that out.
Little Dutch
Little Dutch - but research should also tell you that all of the England squad players have a premier league game before the champions league games next week. The clubs in the Champions league could choose to rest them for the premier league games instead ? The point is that it is preferential treatment
silva lining
LD - I didn't see any special favour given to City players by Capello during the last international friendly and City had a Europa League game the following Tuesday, so that doesn't really wash.
Not more "everyone's against City" b0ll0x. Do remember that your players also chose to put the England shirt on, no one had a gun to their head forcing them to do so.
"maybe" indeed, Little Dutch. So what if they have CL fixtures coming up? Does that mean that the priorities of and targets of clubs like us who haven't won anything for decades and aspire to play against the European elite are deemed irrelevant? You've typed as much in your *****poor attempt at a put down.
Johnny Baguette
Drivel, FNS. And what would happen if they refused to do so?
Johnny Baguette
Good old TF7 missing the point as usual.
It is a conspiracy, and we all know it. Micah Richards, an established senior International, was playing for the U-21 squad for what reason? And why would Milner, Barry, and Hart play for the full 90 minutes? Why not try to bring up some other players for a useless friendly that has no bearing on anything. Test some new players out instead of using the same old combination of players which has seen this England side crash out of every major tournament it's played in recently. It's just plain rubbish, that's what it is.
I'm not sure Capello should shoulder the blame for this though the F.A certainly should. It's them all over. Capello only wants to field as strong a team as is available to him.. But should Mancini not be berated for this too, should he not have insisted on anything, no? Yeah I'm angry about this, but with who, I'm not sure. Who does the book stop with?
I cannot believe that we're playing at 4pm on Mothers Day. I'm taking me mum.
Why is it always "poor us"?? One second everyone's boasting about the unlimited funds, the next it's "poor little us, everyone's against us"
The Horses Mouth
"conspiracy theory" is just rubbish,, but if it is more than a coincidence,, the maybe Mancini should have requested how he would have liked his players to be treated? You can be sure that SAF and Aresene both told Capello exactly how much rest their players required, maybe Mancini was a touch naive allowing all his players to fill the gaps left by those from other teams. But to try to pretend that there's a "nationwide conspiracy" against the richest team in the league is at best ridiculous
The Horses Mouth
Hey THM - the Tottenham players weren't exactly spared the whip either - the only reason Defoe got subbed was because he was pants, otherwise he'd have got the full 90 minutes too, despite Tottenham having forthcoming Champs League commitments. So instead of having a pop at City for allegedly coming up with a conspiracy theory about the world being against them, how about questioning why the FA has once again given preferential treatment to players from the so-called "Big Four" clubs?
who has played the most games for city this season and how many?
The difference fcb is the Spuds aren't coming up with conspiracy theories and crying about it. THM, you hit the nail on the head. I understand though, you're covering your bases in case you miss that 4th spot or get knocked out of the FA Cup. Get your excuses in early and all that.
You really have got ***** for brains TF7. Essentially the question being asked is why do certain clubs get preferential treatment from the FA? Nothing to do with excuses numb nuts.
oooo touchy.
I don't think there is anything that controversial here. Everyone has had a long season so far and anyone who played a "full match" against Wales and is still involved in mid-week european action got a reprieve. Defoe and Crouch weren't recalled as they didn't play against Wales. Even those who did play against Ghana were subbed early to spare them any sort of fatigue etc. Fair enough imo
Barry and Milner went the distance against Ghana Phartman. The last England friendly Milner went the distance and ended up pulling his hamstring, whereas Shrek was substituted at ht to be nice and fresh for the same game. This isn't a new thing either, it appears to me that certain clubs get special favour when it comes to England's friendlies.
Bluedub - I see your point, but becasue they didn't feature against Wales they also didn't NEED to be spared. Becasue of the laws it's impossible to rotate everyone anymore but my point was he gave most players a run out and didn't overburden anyone in the squad with 2 games in 4 days. All teams have suffered from international break injuries, Defoe was injured for 3 months the last time he started and is still suffering from a hangover now but I think this is the first time Capello has been sensible and considerate with players form and fitness and I applaud him for it. Hopefully it's a sign of things to come
IF some teams get preferential treatment it's because their managers demand it, the rest of us can either complain or ask why OUR managers aren't protecting our players in the same manner! Many of us "Spuds" had only one complaint about the recent England game, Defoe and Crouch didn't get injured!! Maybe Pav would have a chance if they did!!
The Horses Mouth
Ha ha, nice one THM. I've often wondered why Pav didn't get more starts for Spurs, I've always rated him.
We all do too Blue, think Harry just doesn't like him as he's still refusing to learn English and has a translator!! His scoring record is way above that of Defoe, Crouch or Keane this year, yet he hardly ever see the pitch!! So frustrating when we see ourselves losing the fight for fourth because our strikers can only score in brothels!
The Horses Mouth
Well, THM, perhaps our managers are raising a stink but don't want to be fined by the FA for pulling players out. It's amazing how biased they are towards the money making clubs while forcing the burden on the smaller clubs for international duty in a meaningless friendly. Players are supposed to be honest when called up, however how many players have claimed an injury to miss a match for England miraculously recover in time for their club match on the bigger sides? I'd love to think that Mancini and Redknapp are yelling at the FA, but I doubt it because they don't want to get in trouble.
You said it yourself Philly,the players have some say in it too,, remember Terry being "injured" as we failed to qualify for the European Cup?? And he was our captain!?! I think that for many clubs, up to about the level Spurs and Man C are at, it's still seen as a huge bonus to have England players, good for business etc,, but Man U, Chelski etc are such big brands that they just see England as a nuisance!
The Horses Mouth

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