England has been warned by Sven-Goran Eriksson that they will never win the World Cup for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break.
There is slightly less pressure on the current boss than Eriksson faced during his spell at the helm, with the Swede having worked with the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ between 2001 and 2006.
He suffered two quarter-final defeats on a World Cup stage and fears England will struggle to progress much past that point while players continue to be pushed to breaking point domestically.
Eriksson told The Offside Rule Exclusives: “In 2006 I thought we should win it, I thought there wasn’t any team better than us, so that was a huge disappointment.”
He added on the class of 2018: “I think they have a good chance and I’m positive they will do well. They have a lot of new young players who are doing great in the Premier League but they need luck with injuries.
“That’s always a big problem for England, that and tiredness. I’ll say it again, they will never win the World Cup if there isn’t a winter break.”
Pressed for any advice he would offer to Southgate, Eriksson said: “Do it your way, use your head, don’t listen to other people and don’t read the press.”
Eriksson has spent time in domestic and international management since leaving the England post, with Manchester City, Leicester and Mexico among the sides he has worked with.
He is now 70, but there remains a desire on his part to stay in football and he has not ruled out taking ownership of a team at some stage in the future.