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Gareth Southgate has confirmed the FA have asked the Premier League for a low-key final week of fixtures before the World Cup finals. Players are set to get just three weeks’ break from the tip of an prolonged season of international football which finally concludes with the sport against Hungary on Tuesday.

With a packed fixture list at the beginning of the brand new campaign, there may be a fear of burnout before the tournament in Qatar even gets going. In order a small sop to the “huge demands” being placed on players, Southgate has begged for a simple final weekend before flying out to Qatar with no crunch clashes.

“We now have asked the Premier League to have a take into consideration things,” Southgate confirmed. “We’d have a preference for none of those big games but to be honest the difference it’ll make is fairly marginal. Nevertheless it could help us with perhaps a medical report if a team played Saturday it could give us an additional day to evaluate.

“We’re going meet on the Monday and fly on the Tuesday and we’ll must make really quick decisions on medical situations particularly. So that is the only thing that we’re that may help us but we understand the landscape. We’d be silly to not ask the query if it could make a difference.”

The Premier League fixtures computer kicks into gear on Thursday morning. Southgate admits he has “no control” over the method but the sensation throughout the Premier League is that it is likely to be given a mild nudge if it comes up with anything too horrendous for the weekend of November 12/13.

The actual timing of games won’t be agreed until October, and with COVID having such an impact on fixtures lately, there may be a powerful precedent of broadcast matches being played at odd times aside from the standard Sunday afternoon slots.

“The demands on the players are huge,” he added. “We’re all conscious that we will’t keep adding to the calendar. We’re still paying the value of Covid, really, with three games in international windows.

“All the things’s condensed, competitions are added but nothing is taken out. Ultimately I’m sure players are gaining more of a voice in that and understandably so.”

Meanwhile, Jarron Bowen has expressed horror on the considered Gareth Southgate talking about leaving the job, saying, “hang on, I’ve only just came!” The positive play of the West Ham winger has been one among the intense spots of a toothless England Nations League campaign that has had critics questioning whether Southgate is just too conservative in his approach.

Pointedly, the England manager said on Friday, “I won’t outstay my welcome.” But Bowen insists that he, like the remaining of the squad, don’t want the 51-year-old to go anywhere. “one hundred pc!” Bowen said. “This is barely my first camp! 

“He gave me the chance to play for my country so I’ll all the time be grateful to the manager. To be honest, I don’t get caught up in the skin world because I feel you possibly can get caught up in reading plenty of things about you personally, the team as well. So I feel the predominant thing is the assumption on this group is basically high. We all know the standard that we’ve got, so it’s not about getting caught up in the skin world. 

“It’s such high quality margins within the international game. On one other day with the games that we’ve had, we’ve had possibilities, so we can be coming back off three wins as an alternative of not having a win thus far. It’s tight. The group continues to be very open and we’ve got one other game on Tuesday to try to complete strongly.”

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