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FIFA World Cup 2022: England manager’s Gareth Southgate’s request to Premier League clubs before Qatar 2022 World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2022: England manager’s Gareth Southgate’s request to Premier League clubs before Qatar 2022 World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2022, Premier League Schedule: England manager’s Gareth Southgate’s request to Premier League clubs before Qatar 2022
FIFA World Cup 2022, Premier League Schedule: England manager’s Gareth Southgate’s request to Premier League clubs before Qatar 2022 World Cup- England manager Gareth Southgate has issued a request to the Premier League clubs to help take a fit England team to the World Cup. The Premier League has confirmed the dates for the 2022/23 […]

FIFA World Cup 2022, Premier League Schedule: England manager’s Gareth Southgate’s request to Premier League clubs before Qatar 2022 World Cup- England manager Gareth Southgate has issued a request to the Premier League clubs to help take a fit England team to the World Cup. The Premier League has confirmed the dates for the 2022/23 Premier League season. With the 2022 Qatar World Cup set to take place in November and December, the league will break for over a month but return for the traditional Boxing Day fixtures just a week after the World Cup final on 18 December.

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Southgate and co. will get as little as 5 days of training with his full 23-man squad before the tournament kicks off in Qatar on November 21 next year.

The Premier League will therefore stop for over a month after the weekend of November 12th and 13th before beginning again after the final.

FIFA World Cup 2022: England manager's Gareth Southgate's request to Premier League clubs before Qatar 2022 World Cup
FIFA World Cup 2022: England manager’s Gareth Southgate’s request to Premier League clubs before Qatar 2022 World Cup, Credit: Getty

This will see the season resume on December 26 for the traditional Boxing Day round of fixtures. The campaign will also begin slightly earlier, with matches to begin on August 6.

And Southgate said: “We hope to get the help of clubs because, medically, you can’t always get the full picture until the players are with us. Because the turnaround is so tight, we are going to need more insight.

Southgate had 28 days with his players before the last World Cup — when England made the semis.

FIFA World Cup 2022, Premier League Schedule: England manager’s Gareth Southgate’s request to Premier League clubs before Qatar 2022 World Cup

Southgate added: “Ahead of Russia we had 28 days with the first group of players that arrived, so the difference is stark,” he continued. “The players will have played on the Saturday and Sunday so they won’t be able to train for the first couple of days.

Then I’m assuming we’ll have to fly in as, normally, you have to be in country five days ahead of the tournament. But then all countries will be pretty much in the same boat, so there’s no use moaning about it.

FIFA World Cup 2022: England's Premier League stars could play club games just a week before the World Cup kicks off
FIFA World Cup 2022: England’s Premier League stars could play club games just a week before the World Cup kicks off, Credit: Getty

It’s just going to be a different sort of preparation. And that’s a good, stimulating challenge for us as a group.

He said: “Next season is unique. Normally we go into tournaments picking up the pieces at the end of a season but this will be during the season. The unknown is what will happen with the tight turnaround.

“Sometimes any injuries picked up before summer tournaments, you can have a few weeks to get things right.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar starts on November 21
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar starts on November 21, Credit: Getty

“That won’t be possible for any of the countries, so everybody is going to have to select their squad in a very short period of time. It is going to be key to get those decisions right.”

And that means, more than ever, that Southgate will need co-operation from the clubs. He added: “Without a doubt, medically we will hope to get the help of clubs because you can’t always get the full picture until the players are with us.

Southgate chats with Bukayo Saka in England training
FIFA World Cup 2022: Southgate chats with Bukayo Saka in England training, Credit: Getty

“And because the turnaround is so tight, we are going to need a bit more insight. The other side is that clubs have got their own schedules to run and we never want to interfere with players when they’re in that situation.

“So I’m always respectful when they’re competing with their clubs to pick the right moment to visit.  But every club has always allowed us that opportunity and we’ve got to make sure we keep it as much as we can.”

FIFA World Cup 2022, Premier League Schedule: England manager’s Gareth Southgate’s request to Premier League clubs before Qatar 2022 World Cup

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