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FA Urges Premier League Clubs Not to Play Friendlies After Season Ends in May: Nightly Soccer Report

tim howard fan FA Urges Premier League Clubs Not to Play Friendlies After Season Ends in May: Nightly Soccer Report

The English Football Association has called on Premier League clubs to give England a boost in the World Cup next summer by not sending Premier League teams on post-season tours in May, like many of the top Premier League clubs did last summer.

The 2013-14 Premier League season ends on May 11, and Hodgson has an England training camp scheduled for May 19-25 before England play a friendly at Wembley on May 28. After that match, England fly out to the United States for two friendlies (one against the United States in either Boston or DC, and another against an opponent TBD to be played in Miami).

Last May, Premier League clubs including Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham played friendlies immediately after the season ended. England manager Roy Hodgson has pleaded with Premier League clubs to give the players a rest.

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6 Responses to FA Urges Premier League Clubs Not to Play Friendlies After Season Ends in May: Nightly Soccer Report

  1. Rick says:

    So what is the exact nature of the problem. The likely scenario is that players on World Cup rosters would be exempt from participating in the matches anyway. Here’s a better way to prepare the team, move the camp as far as possible from England; I think Rooney wouldn’t mind it being in Vegas.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      THe Premier League players would not be exempt from playing in the friendlies. The FA has no jurisdiction to prevent the footballers from playing the friendlies, so the best The FA can do is to beg and plead for the Premier League clubs not to play the games. And if they play the friendlies, to beg and plead that the clubs don’t play the England international footballers.

      • Flyvanescence says:

        Chelsea had a coupleof players away playing for England whenisaw themplay Man City lastyear.

      • Rick says:

        It like other basketball, officially they are not exempt but arrangements are made. So really what is the problem? Yeah teams might decide to keep their players from going if injured, but it seems more as if the players make the final call during exhibition season.

  2. Milhouse says:

    How many English National Team players do most EPL teams even have? A couple each for the big boys, zero for the mid table and beyond teams.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      The begging by the FA is aimed more at clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

      Chelsea: Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill
      Manchester United: Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley.
      Manchester City: Joe Hart, James Milner, Joleon Lescott.

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