Southgate Believes England Will Not Be Able To Play A World Cup Warm-Up Match Before Qatar 2022

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Gareth Southgate acknowledges that England could go into the World Cup cold next winter, with a pre-tournament friendly unlikely due to the short time period.

Last Monday, the Premier League declared that the season will be suspended after the weekend of November 12-13, 2022, with the World Cup in Qatar starting just over a week later.

Ahead of the tournament, “I’m not sure what that’s going to look like for anybody but I would think it’s really unlikely that teams are going to be able to play a friendly,” Southgate said after guiding the Three Lions to Qatar with a 10-0 win over San Marino.

“If you think about the Premier League teams playing on a Saturday or Sunday then you’d need three or four days before you’d play and I think you normally have to be in the country five days ahead of a major tournament anyway.

“So it might depend on which group we are drawn in and whether you are early in the tournament or a little bit later but it’s going to be the same for everybody.

source : fourfourtwo

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