Ian Wright Declares Players Who Skip England Duty Should Ring Parents Of Dead Soldiers To Explain Why

Chris Wright

24th, June 2014


By Chris Wright

“Writing” in his ‘Wrighty’ column in The Sun today, Ian Wright has waded into the half-cocked ongoing debate over players allegedly shirking England call-ups by declaring that any lily-livered footballer who wishes to duck out of international  duty should be forced to ring up the bereaved parents of soldiers killed in Afghanistan to explain their reasons.

Sadly, this is not a satirical spoof – this actually happened…


Wright continues:

“I find it shocking anyone should want to turn their back on the chance to play for England.

“It’s something I will never understand. I have no doubt Harry Redknapp is telling it the way it is when he says players asked him to make excuses for them so they can duck out of international duty.

“I appreciate Harry does not want to breach confidentiality by naming and shaming — although, let’s be honest, we could all probably take a good guess by going through the names of the players who were involved with England when he was at Spurs.

“But we shouldn’t have to. They should have the guts to come out in public and say ‘I don’t want to represent my country and this is why’.

“I’m sure some people will read this and think ‘Get off your high horse, Wrighty’.

“And they’ll probably say I’m out of order for mentioning Afghanistan in this context. But think of the sacrifice Our Boys made and then consider whether a bit of stick from the fans and media is such a terrible thing to face.

“There are millions of fans who would happily pay for the privilege of wearing the Three Lions on their chest.

“I’m not questioning the desire of anyone out here (in Brazil) with England.

“They gave it everything they had but they were undone by world-class players. It still hurts but you can’t accuse them of not trying.

“But the guys who threw a ‘sickie’ to get out of international duty are no better than those Cameroon players (knocked out early after initially refusing to play over bonus disputes).

“They should all hang their heads in shame and then take a good long look at themselves and sort out a proper, decent set of priorities.”

“Hello, is this Mr & Mrs Jones? Hi, this is [Tottenham player]. Ian Wright told me I should call. It’s just that I really don’t want to….oh, sorry. Is this a bad time? My apologies. I’ll call back tomorrow.”


What a fanny. Sadly, the world’s full of ’em, and most of them have columns in daily newspapers.

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  1. Geordie since 1550 says:

    I wouldn’t want to play for England! I don’t think I’d be able to make many calls, since my shit cell plan allows only 200 minutes per month.

    Jesus, fuck, Ian, you dick, don’t the other wars count??

  2. Joe says:

    Every time a Spurs player refuses a cap, Princess Di sheds a tear in heaven.

  3. Geraldo says:

    A cretinous article in a cretinous publication.

    Note that I didn’r refer to it as a newspaper. Because it isn’t.

  4. Martin Bramah says:

    I always want England to lose their international matches and Ian Wright illustrates exactly why. Whatever Ian Wright and cretins like him support I am proud to say I am totally against.

    I am English and like living here I believe real patriotism not the dimwitted kind expressed by numbskulls like Wright.

  5. Vimes says:

    Presumably, Ian thinks only dead English soldiers qualify as “Our Boys”?

  6. derek hart says:


  7. Dan Levi says:

    I hope Ian Wright’s son dies in Afghanland so he has Spurs players ringing him every few months

  8. Tamsyn says:

    You people are vile and I can only hope you never have to be faced with anything adverse.
    It is more fulfilling to be kind and generous but you will never experience this with the attitude you have!

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