Internationals To Rescue Latics?
It speaks volumes for the strength in depth of the EPL that bottom club Wigan Athletic had nearly a dozen players on international duty last week.
Some EPL managers have criticised internationals as a “waste of time” and disruptive, especially for players such as Maynor Figueroa and Hendry Thomas, who played the whole of Honduras’s 3-0 defeat in China.
Paraguay’s Antonio Alcaraz was kinder, saying: “I don’t see international breaks as being negative. For me, it’s still a privilege to play for my national team.
“And I don’t think it affects my ability to come back and do a good job for Wigan.” Alcaraz did not, however, feature in Paraguay’s 1-0 midweek win over the United States.
Latics supremo Roberto Martinez expressed his delight at the international debut of Senegalese midfielder Momo Diame. Martinez said: “It’s a great reward. He’s worked so hard and it is probably the right time for him.”
Other Latics internationals included, Ireland’s James McCarthy, Colombia’s Hugo Rodallega, Cote D’Ivoire’s Steve Gohouri, Scotland’s James McArthur and Gary Caldwell and on-loan Tom Cleverley, who played for England’s under-21s.
However, Nigerian-born ex-England youth international winger Victor Moses is not available for Nigeria’s forthcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia due to incomplete paperwork.
Wigan, who host high-flying Tottenham this Saturday and visit EPL title holders Chelsea on April 9th, remain bottom, despite their international contingent. And they would have been five points from safety but for their vital 2-1 home win over fellow-strugglers Birmingham two weekends ago.
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