FA should pay England players' wages for international friendlies, blasts Stoke's Tony Pulis

18 November 2010 12:27
Stoke manager Tony Pulis believes there would be a marked reduction in the number of international friendlies if national associations were required to pay the wages of players.[LNB] Controversy arose out of England's 2-1 defeat to France last night 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. [LNB] Club v country: Liverpool are furious with the FA over Steven Gerrard's hamstring injury, sustained while on duty for England against France[LNB]Outspoken: Tony Pulis[LNB]Pulis feels if national teams had to pay for their players' services -and aftercare when they were injured - then it would have a dramaticeffect on the international calendar.[LNB]'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. [LNB]'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 last night with the team Capello played. [LNB]'He has played a lot of young players and given people a chance but they are like pre-season games. [LNB]'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. [LNB]'I think that would see friendly games dramatically subside.[LNB]'What did they get at Wembley last night, 85,000? That is helping to pay for the stadium as much as anything else in my opinion.'[LNB] You disgrace! Liverpool attack Capello after Gerrard injured in England flopEngland 1 France 2: Capello's youngsters fail French test as kids are outclassedWembley match zone: The lessons Fabio learned from French testMartin Samuel: France turn on the style while Fabio turns back the clock[LNB]  Explore more:People: Tony Pulis, Steven Gerrard Places: Liverpool, United Kingdom, France

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