England boss Gareth Southgate has questioned FIFA’s new World Cup proposals, insisting that the plan to change the international calendar “doesn’t make sense”.
The idea of the world association, led by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, is to tear up the current international schedule by introducing a world championship every two years, with the qualification format also changing.
Wenger’s proposal aims to maximize the number of “meaningful games” at international level, hence the desire to increase the frequency of the World Cup.
His plan is to reduce the number of international breaks to one or two per season – probably in October and March – and that they will be longer so that almost entire qualification campaigns can be completed in a month and more season breaks can be introduced in order to be able to try to reduce the workload of the players.
Unsurprisingly, this revolutionary proposal has received an outcry from the football community, with many questioning the spirit of having a major international tournament every summer – with the European Championship likely having to take place every two years as well – as well as the implications that shortened international game breaks have for national teams will.
England boss Southgate had previously suggested that he was neither for nor against the conspiracy when he first spoke out a month ago, despite admitting “a lot more thought needed”.
After being interviewed on the matter again this week, the 51-year-old revealed that the changing nature of the proposals was “hard to keep up with” and also insisted that limiting international breaks to just one or two a year was “not” makes no sense ‘.
“What if your player got injured in October?” he said at a press conference on Monday. “He’s not playing international football for a year so I’m not exactly sure where everything is, I’ve seen initial suggestions, they seem to be making the rounds, and I’m not exactly sure what exactly is on the table. ” now.
“It seems to change every time I speak to Mark Bullingham and the FA, there has been a different presentation and a different set of suggestions, it’s hard to really keep up, I would just say everyone has to be there , under discussion, club. ” Football, international football, I think I’ve already said that there can be adjustments to the calendar that would help everyone.
“If there were maybe a little fewer windows, but bringing the players together over a longer period of time, that could help the clubs and the international teams, but if there is only one per year I don’t really see it as a concept of Fifa if international football is like that important is.
“As I said at the beginning, if you are a player and you miss this one month or such a long break, you have no international career at all this year, it doesn’t seem to make any sense to me. “
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