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Gareth Southgate Reveals Conversation With Arsene Wenger Over Holding World Cup Every Two Years

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Southgate reveals Wenger approached him over World Cup proposal
Southgate reveals Wenger approached him over World Cup proposal / Michael Regan/Getty Images
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Gareth Southgate revealed that Arsene Wenger approached him for his support for the proposal to hold the World Cup every two years.

The former Arsenal manager, who is FIFA's head of global development, has previously spoken about his desire to change the schedule of the World Cup, and revealed how a potential new system could work.

While Southgate was coy over his ultimate decision, he admitted that the football calendar would have to be cut down if the World Cup were to become a biennial event.

"I met Arsene a couple of weeks ago, so I have a pretty good idea of the proposals," explained Southgate. "There are many different strands so there are bits I thought could work, bits I think need more consideration and bits that probably wouldn't work.

“As a traditionalist it feels you could lose some of the allure of the World Cup because the scarcity of it makes it more important. But I also get it that if you are a player who has an injury for the World Cup, you might only get one opportunity every eight years, and that is really tough.

"The whole calendar generally needs to be tidied up. Fewer matches, better quality, but there are lots of other things that need consideration and we can't just add more in at the moment. We keep adding more competitions and I’m intrigued to see what comes out to allow that space to happen, because we can’t keep [increasing] the workload of the players.

“Everybody has to work together on the calendar. We talked about this after Covid.We keep adding more competitions and I’m intrigued to see what comes out to allow that space to happen, because we can’t keep [increasing] the workload of the players.

“Everybody has to work together on the calendar. We talked about this after Covid.We have had some fixtures that have been so difficult. If you think back to last September when the players had not played a league game, then we were expected to play at a high level in international fixtures. We can’t keep adding in those things."

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