TH­ESE BREAKS ARE PAIN IN THE NECK...

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I DON’T know about you, but I’ve got to ad­mit I find the in­ter­na­tional breaks frus­trat­ing.

The sea­son is just get­ting go­ing and then at Cham­pi­onship level (and to a lesser ex­tent in League One), you end up hav­ing a two-week break.

There was one at the start of Septem­ber, we’re in the mid­dle of one now and there are two more to come this sea­son (November and March).

It means there is lit­tle con­ti­nu­ity at the start of the sea­son.

You get matches packed in tightly, which brings com­plaints from man­agers at the pres­sure put on play­ers, and then… noth­ing.

It can’t do clubs any good ei­ther.

They want to get sup­port­ers turn­ing up ev­ery other week, but th­ese breaks get fans out of the habit.

Now there is a sugges­tion that FIFA are con­sid­er­ing in­tro­duc­ing longer but fewer in­ter­na­tional breaks dur­ing the sea­son.

De­tails are sketchy at present be­cause a con­sul­ta­tion process is just get­ting un­der way, but I’m not con­vinced.

How long would th­ese breaks be? Three weeks, four weeks? I can’t see how that would help any­one.

The present sys­tem isn’t great, but it could get a whole lot worse.

Per­haps it’s time just to bring back the old mid­week in­ter­na­tion­als…

JOY: Eng­land cel­e­brate

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