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Moyes Understands Row

Boss says it's easy to see why the club versus country conflict exists.

Moyes Understands Row

David Moyes has questioned the common sense behind this week's international fixtures.

Everton had Yakubu travelling to Columbia for a friendly with his Nigeria side and Tim Cahill heading to Bahrain with Australia.

Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar were forced to withdraw from their respective squads because of injury.

"I don't think it's very valid at all," said Moyes, "But I'm sure the international managers think so and I'm sure there are a lot of people out there now beating the drum because of last night's [England] result and saying that it was worth having a friendly game."

Moyes believes the most important thing is to allow players the time to recuperate throughout a hectic domestic season.

He continued: "The players need time and rest - they need to recover as well. You get the feeling that everybody feels they own a piece of them and they should be playing Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday.

"I don't know when they think those players get a little time to themselves. The next international game is February and we've got, for example, Yakubu travelling 11 hours to Colombia.

"Nearly all the Nigerian players play in Europe so why couldn't they have picked a game in Europe? These are the things that upset the Club managers. I don’t think it was needed."

One player not on international duty was Phil Jagielka. The former Sheffield United man was tipped to receive a call-up to the England squad following an impressive run of form for Everton.

Fabio Capello didn’t select the 26-year-old, but confirmed he was still under consideration for future squads.

“He's done very well,” said Moyes. “For a good part of a year now he's been in really consistent form. We've been really pleased by him and I think now he's finding his feet at the Club.

“He’s more settled and he's looking a good Everton player at this moment in time. He had to be patient. Not everyone hits the ground running when they move, sometimes it takes a little time. In his case it took a wee bit of time but he's up and running now."

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