The World Cup ended but a few weeks ago yet already weíre heading towards another batch of international fixtures. Domestic football has only recently returned to our screens and, while fans brace themselves for another 9 months of ups and downs courtesy of their favoured club, managers and players alike will have half an eye on the upcoming international games.

The FA has recently confirmed that only 10,000 tickets have been sold for Englandís friendly against Norway on September 3; thatís 40,000 fewer tickets than were sold for Englandís World Cup qualifier against Andorra in 2009, the game which currently holds the award for smallest England attendance at the Ďnewí Wembley.

While it is likely that ticket sales will increase in the coming weeks, this news does indicate that the football-loving public has a growing apathy towards these somewhat unnecessary and disruptive games. With Englandís poor showing this summer, why would people be willing to spend their hard-earned on a match against unattractive opposition that, letís face it, is of minimal importance?

Some may argue that these friendlies are required in order to blood youngsters and assist in helping the squad to gel, but why schedule these games at a time when the domestic season is barely underway? Why not allow a few months so that players can hit some form and therefore justify inclusion into the national side?

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