International break so club or country?


Another dreaded international break so club or country guys writes Michael Talbot!

Consider this scenario: you have free tickets and must decide between watching England face Brazil or a cup tie featuring West Ham and Leyton Orient. Personally, I would choose the latter, as my loyalty leans more towards my club over my country.

While I take pride in being English (and British), my support for the England national team takes a back seat when it comes to choosing between club and country. The decision is grounded in the notion that my club holds more personal significance. I argue that the same logic of supporting a team based on geographic or personal ties applies to both national and club teams.

Exploring potential reasons for fans being disenchanted with the England national team, you have to admit that there isĀ  a constant over-hype surrounding the team, the insane salaries of players, and instances where players seem disinterested or disconnected on the field.

Also consider the scepticism surrounding players’ quick recoveries from injuries during international breaks, implying a lack of genuine commitment.

Also, we should be aware of the evolving nature of international matches, that what was once a special occasion to experience the exoticism of foreign teams has been diminished in the modern technological age. The convenience of accessing international football through satellite TV and the internet has taken away the unique allure of facing foreign teams.

In conclusion, at least for the time being, fans’ loyalty leans more toward their club teams. My argument is rooted in the idea that club teams fulfil fans’ footballing needs and provide a stronger sense of belonging compared to the national team.

What time are the buses to Brisbane Road again?


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Only Fools and Portakabins says:

    Same as you Hugh, club over country every single time

  • Buster says:

    Frankly, I lost interest in the England football team a long time ago. I’ll go as far to admit that if it was a choice of watching England rugby in the 6 Nations on BBC, versus the England football team on ITV at the same time, I’d always go with the rugby.
    If it was a toss up on a Saturday night between watching ‘Strictly’ and the footie – I’m not sure I’d pick the latter!!!!

  • Austrick says:

    Having attended the WC in Mexico (86) and such a great experience I still would like to watch England play. Next years Finals in Germany would be a good chance to get tickets. However I’d have to wait to know where England will play and that could mean not getting tickets as ticket are sold w/o qualifying being over. Getting WH tickets is much easier but the long drawn out walk back to Stratford is a bind after a match. Club over Country ’bout 50/50.

  • Pessimist says:

    I find International football these days to be a yawnfest. I would love to see everyone take a break from International competition and give our Players a rest.

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