Hodgson wants Premier League winter break

England manager Roy Hodgson has been revealed his desire for a winter break to be placed into the English football calendar. As reported by the the Independent, Hodgson feels this policy would give the national squad players more rest, and therefore feel less burnt out before the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Currently, England is the only major country who persists without a winter rest period. Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Scotland have adopted this policy in recent times.

Hodgson told the Evening Standard: “For all us football coaches in England who would dearly love to see our season spread out slightly differently, if you can come up with what we’ve been saying then we would be very grateful.

I find a shorter break now and again is much better than those long breaks. I don’t think the best way to keep players fit is to push them through 60 games in eight and a half months, and then have three and a half months with no football.

The winter break idea has been often mentioned in the build-up to a major international competition, but often gets dismissed by governing bodies such as the Premier League.

Hodgson knows from personal experience of how long a season can stretch. When in charge of Fulham, he guided them over 63 games in 2009/10, when they reached the Europa League final in Hamburg.

This season, Chelsea could end up playing 66 if they see off Basel and reach the final of the same competition in Amsterdam next month.

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