The boss of Three Lines says more consultation is needed but the football calendar always needs to be prepared.
Gareth Southgate says he is not entirely opposed to Arsene Wenger’s proposals to host the World Cup every two years, although he believes more work is needed on some of France’s plans.
The former Arsenal boss, who heads FIFA’s world football development, has approached the England manager in support of his plan to make the World Cup a two-year event.
The plans have been met with some opposition, particularly from the UEFA, although Southgate believes there is a need to discuss the structure of the international calendar.
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Following a proposal by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, FIFA members approved the launch of a feasibility study to hold the World Cup every two years instead of four.
The study is ongoing, but Wenger has been promoting the idea in recent weeks in meetings with key figures within the game.
Southgate is one of the few people who has met the Frenchman and believes that some ideas have merit.
“I met Arsene Wenger a few weeks ago, so I have a great idea for these suggestions,” said the Three Lions boss.
“There are a lot of different types, so there are pieces that I thought might work. Bits are more thought provoking and bits that might not work.
“As a traditionalist, it feels like you may lose some of the World Cup appeal because the lack of it makes it more important.
“But I also think that if you are a player who is injured for the World Cup, you can only get one chance every eight years, and that is really difficult.”
‘The whole calendar needs to be cleared’
Along with the two-year World Cup, Wenger’s proposals will also feature fewer international breaks, with condensed qualification campaigns in October and March.
This, Wenger says, will not increase the workload of the players and instead make international football more interesting by encouraging more meaningful sports.
Southgate is in favor of schedule reform but is wary of anything that could lead to more games, and says all football stakeholders need to be involved in its development.
“The whole calendar needs to be cleaned up in general,” he added.
“We keep adding more contests and I’m interested to see what comes out of this place, because we can’t. [increasing] The workload of the players
“Everyone has to work together on the calendar. We talked about it after the quaid.
“We had some fixtures that were very difficult. If you think about last September when the players didn’t play in the league, we were expected to play at a high level in international fixtures. Can’t add things.
“But none of us in the game are holding our hand for less money, so we also have to accept that the result will come out. There is a balance in all of this, but the governing bodies across the board. We have to work for a calendar that works for leagues and confederations and for FIFA. There has to be harmony. If we look beyond that, there is no reason why this cannot happen.