Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY JOHN CROSS

GARETH SOUTH­GATE will ask se­nior play­ers whether they want to take their hol­i­days be­fore the World Cup.

South­gate plans to can­vas opin­ion at the next Eng­land get-to­gether in March, which could see play­ers jet off for a break be­fore the tour­na­ment.

The Premier League sea­son fin­ishes on May 13, which is more than a month be­fore Eng­land kick off their World Cup cam­paign against Tu­nisia on June 18.

Three Lions boss South­gate is plan­ning a train­ing base at St Ge­orge’s Park and two pre-World Cup friendlies, but there will be a big gap as Eng­land are one of the last teams to play in Rus­sia.

Former Eng­land cap­tain Wayne Rooney ad­mit­ted he made a mis­take, go­ing on hol­i­day to Las Ve­gas be­fore Euro 2012, while the squad vol­un­tar­ily gave up their pass­ports be­fore Euro 2016 to stop them go­ing away.

South­gate will want the play­ers fresh, but it will also be a test for them to put Eng­land be­fore an end-of-sea­son break.

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