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Manager says international call-up is bad news for young Newcastle star

6 years ago

Manager Keith Curle says that yet another international call-up for young Newcastle star Alex Gilliead is potentially bad news for the player.

Gilliead is now away with the England Under 20s for two friendlies against France on Wednesday and Saturday.

The young Newcastle winger was available on Saturday gone, when he played his part in an excellent 2-0 away win at Plymouth Argyle, which takes Carlisle into the FA Cup 2nd round.

However, Alex Gilliead will miss next Saturday’s League Two game against Bristol Rovers, something which Keith Curle finds unacceptable.

The Carlisle boss argues that England could have released the player after the first friendly to allow him to keep his progress going in club football.

Not only will Gilliead face this one game interruption to his loan spell in Cumbria, Curle says that he runs the risk of then losing his place in the Carlisle team in his absence.

Keith Curle:

“Rather than have discussions with the FA, I’ve had discussions with Sarah, our secretary, for her to try and enlighten me why the FA deem it necessary to take the players away to play two friendly games against the same nation in a week.

“I see it as potentially hampering a lad’s development, rather than go away, play a friendly on a Wednesday, then come back and retain your status at the club where you’re playing.

“What I’ve been told is that the FA don’t want to release a player that’s selected. They go for both games.

“I don’t see that as an advantage. Potentially that could mean the player losing his place in his club team to play in two friendlies.”


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