RUDY FUNK: Pros & cons of the international break

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The international break can be seen as a blessing for some teams, while for others it comes as a blow.

If you look at Manchester United, after their poor start to the new season, the international break came at the perfect time because they have been given time to regroup and get to know their new manager’s methods.

For other teams, who have been in form, it can affect their push and throw them away from the the run they have been on.

It hasn’t been the case this time, but you often get the club versus country rows, which I dislike.

Managers say that players have slight knocks or that they can’t be released and yet surely the international stage is the biggest stage in football.

I don’t agree with this whole tired players excuse because these are athletes that should be able to play every day of the week.

Our lads at Boro have been playing on Tuesday and Saturday for the past few weeks, as well as doing their regular jobs.

That means that we are competing on the same scale of the top professionals, which is ridiculous.

If these players are tired then there are a huge core of players out there that could come in and do a job for their clubs.

I’m 100 per cent sure that there will be players at every level of football that have done a full pre-season, but since then they haven’t kicked a competitive football.

This baffles me, if you aren’t going to play them then why keep them?

Surely they should be sent out on loan or given the chance to play football elsewhere.

Daniel Sturridge was a perfect example of somebody caught up in that at Chelsea, but since he moved to Liverpool he has flourished.

Now Sturridge is one of our most established international strikers, luckily his talent didn’t go to waste like that of many other players in the game.