New West Brom manager Steve Clarke has shown his displeasure at the untimely international break as two of his key defenders play 90 minutes for their respective countries.
While England fielded a somewhat experimental team in Switzerland against Italy on Wednesday night, other international sides didn’t take the same approach with Gareth McAuly and Jonas Olsson both seeing out the entire game in their games.
“Jonas Olsson played 90 for Sweden and Gareth McAuley played 90,” said Clarke.
“It has upset me a little bit, yes. Two experienced central defenders didn’t need 90 minutes of football after travelling to play for their countries before the opening of the Premier League.
“I don’t understand it.
“It’s placed in a ridiculous place in the calendar. It’s been addressed and it will be taken out of the fixture list and the quicker that happens the better.”