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Stoke chairman repeats England call

05 Oct 2010 - 16:32:01

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates is hopeful that players from his club will get a look-in in the England set-up, after Fabio Capello handed a call-up to Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies.

Coates believes that the likes of winger Matthew Etherington and central defender Ryan Shawcross have what it takes to make their way on the international stage.

He told The Sentinel: "I am sure England must have looked at Matthew Etherington because other clubs can see what a good player he is.

"People say England should look at players with the big three or four clubs who have Champions League experience.

"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.

"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.

"For example, the media rabbit on about Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard playing together, but that hasn't worked."


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