England will continue to struggle without Premier League winter break, says Capello

Former England manager Fabio Capello has said that the national team will continue to falter at major tournaments as long as there is no winter break for Premier League clubs, ESPN has reported.

Unlike most other European leagues the Premier League continues its programme throughout the Christmas and New Year period, and the absence of a break and tiredness as a result is often a given reason for England’s failure to challenge at major international tournaments.

Those against a winter break have cited fixture congestion and the possibility of adverse weather conditions in the aftermath of the interval as reasons for why it should not be introduced, but the idea has gained more support in recent years.

And Capello, who is now in charge of Russia after more than four years as England coach, told FIFA.com: “Because they’re tired. They’re the least fresh of any of the competing national sides, because their league doesn’t have a break.

In my opinion the football played in the first half of the English season is much better than in the second half. And because of that, if you want to be a competitive team in the Premier League, you need a really big squad, which is a luxury you don’t get with the national team.

The Italian went on to discuss his time as England boss, in which he oversaw a crushing second round exit at the 2010 World Cup. He added: “The way we went out [of South Africa 2010] against Germany still hurts. That aside, I feel satisfied. I feel I left a good legacy.

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