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Vote: Do you care about the Netherlands/ England friendly?

Will you be watching the Three Lions go Dutch tomorrow?

With the exception of “injured” self defence expert Steven Gerrard, Fabio Capello’s England squad travelled to Amsterdam today to prepare for tomorrow night’s friendly with The Netherlands.

Understandably, several Premier League managers are less than delighted that a full programme of international fixtures has been scheduled just three days before the start of the Premier League season: Roy Hodgson and Martin O’Neill have vented their fears, and brand new Black Cat Steve Bruce has gone as far as saying there shouldn’t be any international friendlies at all:

“I’ve never known anything like it before. I don’t know why there are internationals scheduled this week.

“I’m baffled and it really is total nonsense. International friendlies should be banned anyway.”

The managers clearly aren’t impressed by this friendly, and it’s unlikely that the players are savouring a pan-European trip for a meaningless game just hours before the start of a new season. But is the game actually of any interest to fans? Are you keen to see the Three Lions get some vital practise before September’s crunch tie with Croatia, or would you rather be watching Coronation Street/ Midsomer Murders/ whatever crap ITV show on a Wednesday?

Let us know your thoughts below…

2 responses so far
  • McRib // August 11, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Not interested in England, want to see the Dutch players.

  • Eric // August 11, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    These managers will never be happy about friendlies. They show their colors when they say they should be banned altogether.

    If those with England players have it rough, how about managers with players going to the western hemisphere (Altidore at Hull).

    These managers should pipe down just get on with it.

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