Coates hoping for new approach

05 October 2010 10:51
Stoke chairman Peter Coates hopes Kevin Davies' promotion to the England squad will bring a change of policy by manager Fabio Capello.[LNB] Bolton striker Davies, 33, has been called up for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro next Tuesday.[LNB]While Coates is pleased for Davies, he is disappointed Matthew Etherington has been overlooked.[LNB]The Stoke left winger missed out even though he has had a hand in 10 of his club's 12 goals this season.[LNB]Coates, an FA councillor, told the Stoke Sentinel: "I am sure England must have looked at Matthew Etherington because other clubs can see what a good player he is.[LNB]"People say England should look at players with the big three or four clubs who have Champions League experience.[LNB]"But the only obvious thing to conclude from that is it has not served us very well so far. It is time for a rethink. The so-called golden generation wasn't even bronze.[LNB]"I don't agree with the view that the best players always make the best team. Sometimes a player, because of the way he plays, can do more for the team than someone else who might be more talented.[LNB]"For example, the media rabbit on about Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard playing together, but that hasn't worked."

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