Southgate expressed a hint of disagreement with biennial World Cup

Mon 11 October 2021 | 19:47

Gareth Southgate is not convinced by the idea of having the World Cup every two years and has expressed a hint of disagreement.

Although the idea of a biennial

World Cup

had been floated in the past, in recent months


has proposed it again and it seems to have become a much more likely next step for the competition as FIFA has been studying the feasibility of the idea and even last month held an online summit to discuss plans.

Former Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger

supported the idea in July and as FIFA’s head of global football development believes this change is both "what the fans want" and a necessity for the improvement of player wellbeing.

However many from key stakeholders, such as confederations, officials, leagues, players, and clubs believe it is a mistake.

England manager

Gareth Southgate

is not yet convinced by the idea and although he was less forthright, still expressed a hint of disagreement.

"I don't know how far things have progressed. There seemed to be a lot of things not in the original proposal I was shown; it is hard to keep track,"

he told reporters on Monday ahead of England's World Cup qualifier against Hungary.

"We all want high-level games; the Nations League showed the quality and that is exactly what we want to be involved in, but you can't just keep adding to the calendar."

England midfielder

Mason Mount

also agreed with the idea that players should be consulted when such proposals are drawn up but it seems he is even comfortable with playing a major tournament every year.

"I'd love that, but after the Euros and everything we went through, it [recovering mentally] probably did take longer than anything else,"

he said.

"You reflect on how it went – it was obviously such a big heartbreak to go all the way then fall at the last hurdle was difficult.”

On player consultation, he added:

"To have the players' input would be positive, I think.

"We want to play in as many top tournaments and games as possible, we want to be involved. To speak to us would be positive and help shape the future."

source: SportMob

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