Ronald Koeman claims a host of international call-ups is good for Southampton because national coaches ‘believe’ in the players.
The Saints chief could be forgiven for being frustrated at losing 17 players to their respective national teams over this two-week period. as countries embark on their qualification bid for either the 2018 World Cup or the African Cup of Nations, while others play friendly matches as the countdown to Euro 2016 continues.
However despite not having a large chunk of his squad to work with ahead of the Premier League action resuming at league leaders Leicester City on April 3, Koeman can see the positives of having his players away on international duty.
He told the club’s website: “It’s always good to have a lot of international players. Of course, they will be out for 10 days – 15, 16 players will be out for the international break and that’s good, because that means the national coaches still believe in the Southampton players.”
Koeman added: “I think it’s a good experience for players to be part of a national team. Some of them go to the Euros this summer and it’s important to be part of that, because that means the national coach has real confidence in the player, and that’s good, because that’s all about the experience they need to be a good player.”