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Premier League Representation (EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review)

The Premier League might not be playing right now, but that doesn’t stop the players from representing their countries. Taking long flights, scoring or not…and generally making managers nervous about the state of their health. Not least Harry Redknapp.

The pod discuss international fixtures and the EPL players involved with a huge number flying aroundthe world to make appearances. Luckily for English representation they only had to make it to Wembley and so we start our analysis there.

We talk about Man City’s players lining up alongside Englishmen and United’s team looking relatively rested.

After moving around Europe the pod decides to look at the headlines and then ask for your feedback which will be compiled in a podcast later this week. if you have any views on the season so far then do let us know through:



Kartik: @kkfla737

Kristan: @kheneage

Laurence: @lozcast


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  1. Gillian

    November 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you for saying that England are not required to play in a manner that would make it easier for Spain to play its game and win. The whining from some of the Spanish players (to say nothing of the Spanish media) is a real turnoff for me.

    And all of this knicker knottage over a damned FRIENDLY!

  2. Ray

    November 14, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Of course the managers worry about the health of their players – after all, that’s their club’s future and may decide whether or not they keep their jobs. But, playing for their country should be the number one priority for all players, regardless of injury concerns, so it goes with the territory.

    • Laurence McKenna

      November 14, 2011 at 4:53 am

      Hey Ray,

      Managers rightly worry about the health of their players. Whether all players should want to play for their national team is a different story though. We don’t all care about ‘nation’ and the identity that we feel from it. If you look at recent history in football, some have chosen to play for a team they are more likely to play for because of the level that they play at, whilst others have deceived their national side to play for someone else at the last minute.

      What then?



  3. davement

    November 14, 2011 at 12:36 am

    what is that shaking sound? is someone mixing martinis? so annoying. not the first time i think.

    as for playing narrow and deep. that seems to be giving barcelona all kinds of problems this year. and we saw what spain is without the likes of messi finishing on the end of it. fabregas should have scored at least twice.

    • Laurence McKenna

      November 14, 2011 at 4:55 am

      Hi Dave,

      Kristan is actually Banksy. The noise was strange and that is part of recording on Skype. I hope it didn’t get in the way too much for you?

      Narrow and deep? It’s a tactic and I’m wondering if we need to respect that kind of resilience more than we do right now? It means you rely on luck sometimes, but the best in football make their own luck.



      • davement

        November 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

        well, i shut the podcast off after the england-spain section because of the noise but i appreciate the effort you take to bring it to us.

        it certainly is less fun to watch when teams “park the bus” against spain or barcelona and play for the counterattack but unless youve got the talent of a man city or real madrid it makes alot of sense especially as we have seen they are vulnerable to speed and to balls in the air on set pieces.

        so while it can be frustrating as a viewer to watch them endlessly try to pick the lock of the defense with quick one/twos around the top of the box until its proven unsuccessful we will see more teams lined up deep and narrow. that being said, it need not be cynical and ugly as were mourinho’s squad last year via barca. you can still play stout and compact without resorting to fouling and intimidation. but then im relatively new to the game. it was probably alot dirtier and more physical in the past.

        as to the post below, do the players look forward to the international breaks or is it a nuisance? i dont understand why they dont play through the leagues without breaks and then have an international season in june and july? wouldnt that raise the play of the international squads as well since theyd have more time to play together? i realize nothing that is sensible will ever be done within the confines of world football though.

        thanks again….

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