England’s new boss Sarina Wiegman has warned that “players are not robots” as Fifa continue to explore the possibility of holding biennial World Cup events.
Wiegman was named England boss last year, but only took charge of his first game on Friday night as the Lionesses beat North Macedonia 8-0 in a FIFA Cup qualifier. world at St Mary’s.
England are now due to travel to Luxembourg on Tuesday for their next Group D game as Wiegman looks to guide his new team to the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
However, the format of the competition may soon change, as FIFA conducts a feasibility study to narrow the gap between the Men’s and Women’s World Cups from four to two years.
Wiegman joined the England squad after a successful stint as boss of the Netherlands which saw her win the 2017 Women’s Euro and finish second in the 2019 World Cup.
The 51-year-old has said she is against any changes to the biennial World Cups after her unveiling at Wembley a fortnight ago and doubled her position on the eve of the Luxembourg game.
“I wouldn’t,” she said. “I think it’s not very good for the players, for their well-being. In Europe, it’s very well organized, we have very good competitions, we have the Euros, then you have the Olympic Games, then you have the World Cup, which are major tournaments for us.
“I think when you have all these tournaments every year, where are the players going to rest? Where are they going to recover from a very intense football year every year? Gamers are not robots so I don’t think that’s a very good idea.
“I think the FA is in touch and yes I hope all stakeholders will be interviewed and take their advice and I think coaches with international experience are also stakeholders and we should be a part as well. of this discussion, and we get to know the players as well, and players are stakeholders too.
Additional reports by PA.