England manager Roy Hodgson has added his voice to the calls for the Premier League to introduce a winter break into English football, the
Hodgson also revealed a wish for the television broadcasters and the Premier League to alter their schedules at the time of England matches to benefit the national team. Often, matches involving the teams at the top of the table – who usually make up a significant portion of Hodgson’s England squad – are featured in Sunday fixtures, meaning the players then cannot train with England until later in the week.
The manager would prefer if the week before a round of international fixtures the sides with a large portion of England players were in action on Saturday, giving the England staff an extra day with which to prepare the squad. He said: “It would be nice if, when we’re playing on Friday, the top teams played on Saturday and not Sunday. Then on Monday we could do a bit of work, and on Tuesday do some serious work.”
Hodgson added that a winter break would help form part of a more logical schedule for English football. Currently, the Christmas period is one of the busiest in England, with often matches played two or three days a part. Boxing Day football in particular is a tradition in England.
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