September holidays are the last realistic opportunity to work with the team, admits Gareth Southgate

England boss Gareth Southgate has revealed the September international break is the last realistic chance for him to work with his side before the start of the 2022 World Cup. The Three Lions will face champions Italy Euro 2020, then face Germany in their last internationals before the World Cup.

Despite having had an interesting 2021 international year as they lost only one match in the Euro 2020 final against Italy, England have endured a difficult 2022 so far. The Three Lions have played six games but only won two friendlies while failing to win even one of the four competitive games they have played in. This series includes two defeats against Hungary with draws against Germany and Italy sandwiched between those.

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But the Three Lions play their last two UEFA Nations League games against the Azzurri and the Germans in September’s international break, which will be the last before the World Cup. He saw Gareth Southgate admit that this will be the last chance for him to work properly with the team and update them on their preparations for the 2022 World Cup. He also added that the team want to respond to his performance during the last international break because it is “really important for the preparation before the World Cup”.

“We’re not going to bring the players together again before the World Cup. You would normally have around a 28-day training camp and a few friendlies leading up to a tournament to work with the squad,” Southgate told Sky Sports.

“It’s the last realistic opportunity to do it. When we meet in the winter we’ll fly to Qatar and it will be a normal week-long preparation for a game. It’s a great opportunity to test ourselves against really the best teams. We want to respond to the performances we gave in the summer, and that’s really important for the preparation before the World Cup.”

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