England boss Gareth Southgate has said that his players are psychologically tired and that the Premier League began too early. England’s players had a successful yet hectic World Cup campaign where they reached the semi-finals. Most of their World Cup stars returned to their respective clubs a few weeks after the tournament ended. However, Southgate feels that the Premier League began too early.
Many of England’s stars have sustained injuries during the start of the season. There’s been a lot of talk about Harry Kane’s fitness. However, the England captain has said that he doesn’t need any rest.
England take on Spain in a Nations League fixture at Seville tomorrow. When asked about the tiredness of the players ahead of the match against Spain, Southgate said, “I think it’s psychological freshness, rather than physical. Everyone adapts their training load appropriately. But I think when you see the league, there are probably a lot of teams that haven’t started yet at the level when they are at their maximum.
There have been lots of injuries across our league, I don’t know about the rest of Europe. It is a balance. I don’t really understand why our league started so early, but they did, so it is a really difficult situation for the clubs.”
Out of Europe’s top leagues, the Premier League began at the earliest. It commenced just 26 days following the conclusion of the World Cup while other leagues began at least a month after the tournament.