England manager Gareth Southgate revealed that he met with Arsene Wenger to discuss the possibility of hosting the World Cup every two years. He also maintained that he remains “open-minded” to the idea of a World Cup every two years. The international governing body, FIFA is holding a feasibility study after the idea was brought forward by the Saudi Arabia federation. The proposal was approved by 166 national associations.
“I actually met with Arsene a couple of weeks ago, he was meeting a few different coaches so I have a pretty good idea of the proposals,” England manager Gareth Southgate said. “I think the whole calendar needs reviewing. My feedback would be – I don’t know how our generation is going to find a World Cup every two years a strange concept.”
“I also know that things like The Hundred in cricket have been an incredible success, so I’m open-minded about some of those things. But the calendar generally needs to be tidied up. We can’t keep adding more things in.” he added. “I agree generally with the concept of better quality matches. Fewer matches, better quality across the board, 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 in and I’m intrigued to see what comes out to allow that space to happen because we can’t keep adding onto the workload of the players,” he concluded.