Manchester United and Chelsea cliques meant I hated England duty and had to sit on ‘small club’ table
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Manchester United and Chelsea cliques meant I hated England duty and had to sit on ‘small club’ table

Nov 19, 2023

Manchester United and Chelsea player cliques would mean Gabby Agbonlahor hated rocking up for England duty.

The former Aston Villa striker also revealed what life was like under Fabio Capello at the time of his Three Lions career.

Agbonlahor has three caps with the Three Lions

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Agbonlahor has three caps with the Three LionsCredit: Getty

Agbonlahor made the England squad on five occasions and was part of a squad that had players from the ‘Golden Generation’.

That included players Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, and Steven Gerrard.

The 37-year-old has since revealed what it was like to link up with the squad on international duty.

“I hated it,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

“Going in the camp is what people hated doing—not playing for your country—that was a big achievement and honour.

“It was going away, like [Fabio] Capello was like a school teacher; you get there, and it is like Man United players, little cliques.

“With the players from the big clubs, it was like, who are you sitting with?

“I might be sitting with Matthew Upson, Stewart Downing, and Phil Jagielka, the players that weren’t at the top clubs.

England's 'Golden Generation' left Agbonlahor feeling left out

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England’s ‘Golden Generation’ left Agbonlahor feeling left outCredit: Getty

“It was like you can’t sit there the Man City or Chelsea boys are there.

“They had their half of the dining table; that’s what I did not like.”

“Though playing for my country was a big honour.”

Agbonlahor’s final game for England came in a World Cup qualifier in October 2009 against Belarus, and he has three caps for his country overall.

England are next in action on Friday when they take on Malta in a Euro 2024 qualifier – live on talkSPORT.


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