FA asks Premier League clubs to help England’s World Cup preparations by avoiding end-of-season tours

The Football Association will ask Premier League clubs not to go on lucrative end-of-season tours once the current campaign is over, the Daily Telegraph has reported, in an effort to help England prepare for the summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

By avoiding the kind of post-season fixtures that a number of teams arranged at the end of last season, the FA hope that England’s players will be able to rest before the World Cup gets underway in June.

Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all travelled abroad only days after the end of the 2012-13 season, and with manager Roy Hodgson due to name a 30-man preliminary squad on May 13, the three clubs could have a number of representatives in the initial party.

City goalkeeper Joe Hart, defender Joleon Lescott and midfielder James Milner are in contention for a place in Brazil, as are Chelsea counterparts Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard. Tottenham, meanwhile, could have Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker, Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe among the England squad.

The Telegraph adds that Hodgson wants to bring the 30-man squad together for light training between May 19 and 25, with a friendly due to be held at Wembley on May 28. England will then travel to the United States for two further friendlies and a training camp in Florida.

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