Gareth Southgate takes aim at Premier League

Gareth Southgate blasted the Premier League for leaving players in an “impossible situation.”

Southgate is unhappy that the Premier League started on August 10 which was just 26 days after the World Cup final and England reached the semis and played in the third place play-off.

Three Lions boss Southgate joked that Premier League bosses never expected England to get so far as La Liga started on August 17, Serie A on August 18 and the Bundesliga on August 24.

Southgate, who is paying a heavy price with fatigued players at clubs after seeing the likes of Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard pull out injured, said: “I don’t really understand why our league started so early, but they did, so it’s been a really difficult situation for the clubs.

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“Some of the clubs couldn’t field a team without… look at Tottenham , who had so many players in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Very difficult for their coaches, really. It was an impossible situation for the coaches, really.

“I hadn’t looked into when the season started until when we got back from the tournament. Maybe they were expecting us to be back by the end of June! I assumed the rest of the world were going to be there until the middle of July.

“I think everybody knew when the final was going to be and the semi-final and that they would be away for a period of time.

“It’s a bit like our clubs in the Champions League, some of the rest of the leagues in Europe help them and adjust the fixture list and I’m sure our clubs would appreciate that because in the end they’re representing English football and we want them all to do well.”

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