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Savage WOULD Return For Wales

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage has made his clearest indication yet that he WOULD return to the Welsh International set-up if John Toshack weren't manager.

Savage and Toshack have had a running feud over the years, with the pair constantly digging at each other. Toshack made it clear early on that he wouldn't be selecting Savage, saying he wasn't good enough so Sav eventually announced his International retirement. However, with Toshack under pressure should he decide to go, or be made to go Sav has basically said that he would come out of retirement in a bid to add to his 39 caps.

Savage told the Daily Star: "At the minute I have retired from international football with Wales, but that's all because of the guy who is in charge.

"Would I go back? Well, I've said 'never say never' and if there is a change of manager, then you never know.

"I certainly don't think I'm too old to go back into it.

"I'm only 33, but I play with Tugay at Rovers and he is 37 so that says it all.

"My little boy Charlie asks why I don't play for Wales anymore and I just tell him that I'm too old. But I do miss playing for Wales, I really do

Since returning from his leg break Sav hasn't quite been the same, but he now believes that he is back to his best (which is why he would return to International football, as he still thinks he has plenty to offer) and the fact that Rovers manager Mark Hughes dropped him earlier in the season helped give him the motivation he needed.

He added: "It was a shock to me when I was dropped.

"But you just have to get on with it and I think I reacted in the best possible way, even though I didn't like the manager for about a week


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 23 2007

Time: 11:51AM

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Personally I do think that Sav should still be playing for Wales, by not selecting him (and others) John Toshack has been a fool to himself. You have to move on at times and look to the next set of players, but if players are still good enough they shouldn't be discarded should they.
Hughes Da Man
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23/10/2007 11:54:00

Just shut up Sav going on about this. We know you love your country and we know you hate Toshak but please stop with the same old record!!!
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23/10/2007 11:59:00

In all fairness to Sav this time, I don't think he is really playing that same record is he?!?! He hasn't previously said that he would come back for Wales, always quite the opposite. He might have had a little dig by saying he won't come back because of the manager but personally I don't really think that he is having too much of a go at Toshack, just expressing his desire to play for his country again.
Hughes Da Man
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23/10/2007 12:04:00

Yeah but we know and his has uttered this stance before, claiming that he will return when toshak goes. I just wish he would let things be and be vociferous when the new man does come in!
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23/10/2007 12:11:00

I know what you mean, this "situation" with Toshack has gone on long enough, it does drive me mad, but personally I can't remember him saying he would play for Wales again if/when Toshack goes, I always thought that he kept saying he was done no matter what?!?!
At the moment what he does for Rovers is the main thing though isn't it, and probably by not playing International football we are reaping the benefits.
Hughes Da Man
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23/10/2007 12:22:00

That is probably too true pal. Obviously we are keen to see him prolong his career with us so in turn we should be backing toshak for a longer tenure in charge.
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23/10/2007 14:02:00

Touche dude, good call lol!
Hughes Da Man
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23/10/2007 19:26:00

He'd certainly still do a job for Wales, perhaps Chris Coleman will take the job and restore a bit of sanity to the situation!
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23/10/2007 19:27:00

If Coleman took the job sanity would certainly be restored, as would a lot more respect to Wales I feel. I don't think Sav would be the only one making a comeback either!!!
Hughes Da Man
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24/10/2007 10:57:00

Am i the only one who thinks that Savage playing for Wales again would be a bit wierd???
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24/10/2007 14:56:00


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