Ferguson Hits Back At Hodgson

Ferguson Hits Back At Hodgson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has responded to Roy Hodgson's fears about international breaks being used as a way of giving players a rest.

Ferguson Hits Back At Hodgson

England boss Hodgson believes the lucrative nature of club football means teams no longer want to risk sending players to represent their countries, but Ferguson has defended the clubs' stance as well as questioning the scheduling of international friendlies.

Ferguson said: "Look at the opposite side. International football interferes with the clubs' ambitions.

"Friendly games for a start. They have been doing it for the last decade, playing a friendly in the week before the season starts. Tell me the sense of that.

"It doesn't matter what way you look at it. Club managers are always in disagreement with international football, particularly in friendly situations.

"I have no issues at all about the competitive part. The players should always be available for the European Championship and the World Cup.

"But you can't tell me that should apply itself in friendly games."

Ferguson has also welcomed the introduction of goal-line technology, which was confirmed by the Premier League on Thursday.

"Progress is progress. It had to happen," he said. "It should be applauded. When you are continually trying to progress your football, it is for the betterment of the game.

"Other sports have been doing it for a long time - and I think it was time football did catch up."

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