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I’m torn on this whole “choose on merit” debate that comes up with every single squad announcement. His job isn’t to pick the best/most in-form players. His job is to win tournaments. If his job was to pick the most in-form players, we might as well let a computer pick the team based on data and stats. He knows which players he can trust, which ones are disruptive, which ones follow his instructions, which ones add value in the dressing room. Managers for the national team need to be judged by what they do at tournaments and not which players they pick for squads IMO. I have my opinions too, of course, and there are some questionable choices for sure but I just think we need to stop pretending the national team is something which should only be picked on form.
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