Alex Ferguson says the Football Association should show more respect to Manchester United because the club provides the England national team with so many players.

As many as eight United players could be picked for next month's European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales. Ferguson says that should inspire gratitude in the ruling body.

Ferguson cursed as he lambasted the FA for the way it has treated his team and said the FA should ''realize how important we are to England.''

David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney are among the recent United players to represent England. They have not played as well for England as they have for their club team.