Talking point: International football...do you really care?

Gary Cahill in action for England against Norway last week
Gary Cahill in action for England against Norway last week
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England were in action this week and put in a half-decent showing against Switzerland in the first of their Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Coming off the back of a tepid display against Norway in front of barely anyone, it was the least they could do, but what was noticeable this week was the amount of people annoyed that their Saturdays had been taken away because of the international break.

It’s understandable that the Premier League should stop, it’s less of an English league than a worldwide phenomenon these days, but football right down to League One was stunted because players were on international duty. Fair play to those called up to represent their countries but does it not say something about the game that the third tier of English football had games called off because of this?

The Premier League is responsible for this trickle down effect - players from countries like Northern Ireland, Wales and even Scotland and the Republic of Ireland have been forced out of the top flight, meaning many are plying their trade in the Championship and League One and the foreign influx at the summit has seemingly been replicated down through the divisions, too.

However judging by the response of many football fans, the international game matters less and less these days anyway, with many much preferring to focus on their clubs.

Are you club over country? Does watching your national team still instil a sense of patriotic pride? Let us know your thoughts.