Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's a Good Break, Says Confident Sven

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's a Good Break, Says Confident Sven

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Byline: By Martin Ziegler

Sven-gUran Eriksson insists the guaranteed four-week break before the start of the World Cup will make a huge difference to helping England players avoid burn-out at the finals next summer.

Fifa have stipulated that no World Cup player can be involved in competitive games after May 13 and the England coach pointed out that apart from those involved in the Champions League and FA Cup finals, most players will end their season on May 7, five weeks before the finals start. Eriksson believes that England stars have suffered from the physical stresses and mental strains of a long season at recent major tournaments, but that an extra week off compared to previous finals could prove crucial.

He said: "Fifa have said no games can be played four weeks before the World Cup and I'm a great supporter of that ( it will make a big difference, I'm quite sure about that.

"We have suffered from burn-out in the past and if you can get one week extra for rest and preparation that really means a lot. …

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