Ian Wright has claimed that Cristian Romero is shirking Tottenham duty to focus on the World Cup, but says he would do the same.
The Argentine defender has not played since October 26 in the Champions League and will miss Saturday’s clash with Leeds United; he has not played in the Premier League since the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in mid-October.
Romero is part of the Argentine World Cup squad and the Argentine FA reportedly petitioned Premier League clubs to allow their players to dodge the final round of games.
Wright – speaking on his podcast Wrighty’s House – admitted he would struggle to play for his club after being called up by his country.
“Now it’s very difficult because they’ve f***ing still got to play games. I can’t even get into the head space of the players who still have to play games a week before they go to the World Cup. That’s the biggest worry.
“I don’t know how I’d deal with that and I’d probably be like Cristian Romero at Tottenham, jumping on the Harry Kane thing – ‘I’m fatigued, yes I’m fatigued as well’ – because I would not be wanting to play any football leading into that.
“Remember for a normal World Cup you have two weeks when you don’t do anything and then you get yourself ready.
“I’m just hoping none of them get injured because then we’re talking about real devastation…real devastation.”
Many Tottenham fans have accused Romero of a lack of focus on club matters this season and boss Antonio Conte has had to defend the centre-half at length.
“About Romero I can tell you that for him, if I ask the possibility to play with one leg, he wants to play with one leg.
“For this reason I tell the fans we have players really committed for the club and maybe Romero, he had an injury because he wanted to risk and we wanted to take risk.
“Then he had this injury but for sure many teams are having big injuries and this is because we are playing every three days.
“I think we are seeing this situation is impossible, it is impossible for the future and it would be important for the future to understand because many times I hear about the welfare of the players but it is only a polite way to show that you are really interested in the welfare of the players, because they are not really worried about the welfare of the players if the schedule is this.
“In every moment you show that the most important thing is the show must go on and then please I don’t want to hear in the future, to listen about people speaking about the welfare of the players because this is not true.”
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