We’ve touched on this already, but with both the Copa America and Euros now deep into their runs, we remain absolutely bewildered that aside a 7-minute cameo for Alfredo Morelos and the same for Nathan Patterson, that only Glen Kamara has managed anything more than 7 minutes for his country this summer is quite preposterous.
As we put it sarcastically, while the players on international duty may get extra time off for recovery, it’s only Glen Kamara who will actually need any.
Filip Helander, Borna Barisic, Nathan Patterson, Jon McLaughlin and Alfredo Morelos have either barely been used or been overlooked totally.
The predictable and frankly self-centred fan response to these rejections has been ‘oh good, he’ll be fresher for us’, nothing about giving a damn about the morale of the players whose dream of representing their country in a summer tournament turned to dust, which may well affect mood and form on their return.
Happy players are the best players, and players who got to wear their nations shirts would be the happiest of all.
And aside two barely-noticeable cameos from Morelos and Patterson, none of Rangers have had a single minute bar Kamara.
Helander is unlikely to feature for Sweden v Ukraine, with Chinese Super League star Danielson getting his place instead.
And that’s really disappointing for these players, it really is.