Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge has handed the Blades a minor boost, as Norway have cancelled tonight’s friendly with Israel.

The impressive Blades star was expected to win his 24th cap for his country tonight. Norway were set to warm up for their next two fixtures with a tricky friendly at home to Israel.

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However, that game has now been cancelled thanks to the pandemic after Israel striker Munas Dabbur tested positive for Covid-19. Norwegian authorities, then, have taken the decision to not put any of their players at risk and have moved to cancel the game.

It’s a minor boost and plus for the Blades, who are sitting tight and hoping the likes of Berge and John Egan don’t pick up any injuries while away.

And while Berge still has two Nations Leagues to contend with in the coming week, it at least means he’s mainly preserved for now.

This international break is ridiculous

Most Premier League managers are moaning about fixture congestion and not being able to field five subs.

So why on earth are we allowing players to fly around the world and be in contact with fellow pros from other leagues for the sake of some international games that most people don’t care about?

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Of course, that might just be a blanket statement of frustration on our behalf. Liverpool, too, will feel that frustration, given Joe Gomez has reportedly suffered a serious injury with England.

In the middle of a pandemic, this whole thing is irresponsible and will only further increase the tensions between club and international football.

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