Fulham manager Martin Jol believes the chance for some of his players to earn a place in their country’s World Cup squad will inspire them to perform, reports Sky
Jol’s struggling Fulham have won just two of their opening seven matches in the Premier League so far this season, and face a fighting Crystal Palace side on Monday evening.
But the Dutchman is confident that his players will be proving their worth for their respective countries in order to get a call-up for the 2014 World Cup. “It is a big inspiration and I always try to use it,” Jol said. “But I try not to overdo it, because it could be a very big problem if everyone wants to go to the World Cup.
“For example, Brede Hangeland has got no problem with Norway as they have not qualified. But Philippe Senderos, who plays for Switzerland, wants to have his games, he wants to play.
“For some players, if they don’t play they have got a problem, because all those national teams and their coaches want their players to play. With Holland coach Louis van Gaal, if you don’t play he won’t select you, so of course I use it as a motivation.
“I’ve got Alex Kacaniklic, he’s in the Sweden team and did well and Pajtim Kasami has made his debut for Switzerland now, so of course they want to go to Brazil. But first they have to perform and do well.”
Despite reports of Jol coming under pressure, the Fulham boss was confident ahead of a crucial game against Palace. “I’m in a good position. We are like other clubs. We’ve got enough points not to worry and of course like other teams you need results and hopefully we’ll get some in the next couple of weeks,” he added.
Fulham recorded a 1-0 win in their fixture against Stoke City at Craven Cottage before the international break, a game that saw Darren Bent score his third of the season.
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