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Hughes Hits Out At Walter Smith

Pompey midfielder Richard Hughes has criticised Scotland boss Walter Smith for leaving him out of recent Scotland squads.

Hughes, who signed a new three-year deal with the club in the summer was raised in Italy, but having been born in Scotland former Scotland boss would bring him into the International set-up, along with former Pompey team-mate Nigel Quashie, wining the first of his five caps against Estonia in May 2004.

Hughes has claimed Smith would need nine months to find out he was in fact a defensive midfielder, and not a left winger, the position he was used in for the final ten minutes of a game with Austria nine months ago, his last taste of International football which will probably remain the case. Hughes said:

"I guess that says everything (reference to his wing play under Smith.) I played for ten minutes on the left wing against Austria and that has been my only chance to impress him. I find it slightly bewildering and bemusing."

"I had a phone call from Walter afterwards saying he would not be calling me up again."

"I appreciated him taking the trouble to do that, but he said he did not know enough about me. I put him in the picture about exactly where I played for future reference."

"It is not as if we are blessed with an abundance of Premiership players."

Hughes, who has only made two substitute appearances for us thus far this season, would also say:

"Walter has said he has not been to see me play and I find that hard to accept. There have been plenty of opportunities to see me since he took over from Berti Vogts."

With regular first team opportunities likely to remain difficult for Hughes to come across I think it could prove more difficult for Smith to see Hughes now. I for one would happily keep Hughes, should he be happy to stay, for the whole of his deal though as the 27-yer-old is a very honest and professional performer. As I've said before he knows his strengths and plays to them.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 9 2006

Time: 7:17PM

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I would probably say he's good enough to be in the squad!
Well he's made his point but I doubt doing in the media will help him. Though I like Hughes, he may get more exposure playing on loan in the Championship. I think he'll struggle to get on the bench at the moment.
He's certainly good enough for the Scottish squad I'd certainly agree, also agree with you storagematt that going public won't help his cause, a case of maybe cutting off his nose to spite his face...
Walter Smith is a plank !! How can you on the one hand do the decent thing and let someone know they are not in your plans,and then in the same chat admit that you know nothing about them and haven't been to see them play ??? Potentially a great loss to the jockanese,as I rate Hughesy above McQuashie.
Don't think he is helping his International career by ctiticising the manager. And if Scotland are winning the manager has to take some credit for his team selctions. All that said it could have good ramifications for Hughes. It may make him hungrier - for a spot in the Pompey line-up and push for international recognition. If Harry doesn't think he's good enough to be in the Pompey XI why should Smith be any different ?
Very true pompeygray, I know Scotland aren't blessed with and absolute array of quality footballers but if Hughes can't get in the Pompey side then he won't get in Smith's side and rightly so. Footallers for the home nations should be good enough to be playing for their club, if not then they shouldn't be in the national set-up... How can you play International football if you can't get in your club side?
if Quashie can get in the Scotland team and Hughes can't then thats Scotland deserve all thats coming their way. walter smith may be on a high after beating the faroes and lithuania in their euro 2008 qualifiers but it won't last and he'll be out on his arse. Pompey could beat the sweatys.
The Rabbi
I'm English but I'll admit I'm behind Scotland, as I am all the other home nations, I hope they qualify. As for Quashie getting in the squad and not Hughes, Quashie is playing first team football I'd expect (haven't checked I've got to be honest) and the simple truth is Hughes isn't...
My experience is most scots are delighted when England or English teams lose so im with the Rabbi on this one. i would dearly like the scots to get stuffed. and following Celtics way over the Petrov thing i am going to have to support ManU in the CL. Sorry ruggers i think we should do them the same favours as they'd do us. oh yea back to the article, ditto storagematt and i think in the rumours will start before january.
I 4-1 think Hughesy did enough to earn a 3 year contract when he took karsie out in THE game. :) :D
boring boring boring Hughes aint playing he aint getting in the squad .Do you think that Smith would not of looked all his options including Hughes.AS for you Mr Russselm i'm glad you supported Man u cos as you seem to blank out any Pompeys misdoing over the Petrov deal it was a fact that as soon as Martin O'Niell showed an intrest in Stan you was never gonna get him .

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