Everton manager David Moyes has voiced his frustration at the international fixture schedule this summer.
Although no Everton players are participating in Euro 2008, five members of the Toffees' squad have international commitments elsewhere.
Victor Anichebe, Joseph Yobo and Yakubu are on duty with Nigeria and Steven Pienaar is with South Africa, while Tim Howard has already played three times for the USA since the end of the season.
All three nations have important World Cup qualifying games coming up, although Moyes recognises that many other Premier League players face the same scenario.
"We have got five players away on international duty, four with the African nations," he told the club's official website.
"It's a different situation with their qualifying, so for them they have a summer of football.
"It's disappointing that they have to play so much, and obviously Tim Howard has friendlies and World Cup qualifiers, so those boys don't have the rest they should.
"I'm sure there are players at others clubs throughout the country who are in similar situations."
But although Moyes is disappointed those five players are still in action, he is relieved the rest of his squad will get a prolonged break with none of the home nations having qualified for the Euros.
"(Playing in summer tournaments) has been something we have been used to in this country," he added.
"There have been a lot of unnecessary friendlies going on, and I think the players would have wanted to be there. But in a lot of ways the players will be enjoying a period of rest now."