Everton manager David Moyes dreads losing players to their countries for friendlies but still believes internationals add a worthwhile dimension to the game.
Moyes has been pleased to see all of his international players - with the exception of South Africa's Steven Pienaar, who is still abroad - report back for training unscathed this week.
Not all clubs have enjoyed such luck, notably Merseyside rivals Liverpool, who have lost influential captain Steven Gerrard for up to four weeks.
Several club managers have questioned the value of playing international friendlies this week and Moyes feels it is an issue.
The Scot said: "We are happy for players to go and play in the championship games, the World Cup - but I think we find the friendly games a little intimidating.
"For a player to play and get injured in a game like that can be difficult. But we have to live with the fact. We are always going to want international football. As a supporter you want it, I'm a manager and have always enjoyed watching it."