Southgate seems unconvinced about the biennial world cup proposal

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has publicly backed the idea of biennial world cup campaign, which he proposed as FIFA’s head of global football development. However, most coaches and players are vehemently against it’s adoption.

England’s national head coach, Gareth Southgate is among many who seem to be unconvinced about the biennial proposal, questioning it’s feasibility.

“I don’t know how far things have progressed. There seemed to be a lot of things not in the original proposal I was shown; it is hard to keep track,” he told reporters on Monday ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary.

“We all want high-level games; the Nations League showed the quality and that is exactly what we want to be involved in, but you can’t just keep adding to the calendar.”

Chelsea and England’s midfielder, Mason Mount who was in attendance with Southgate, agreed with the idea that players should be consulted when such proposals are being drawn up, though he seemed to be open to playing a major tournament every year.

“I’d love that, but after the Euros and everything we went through, it [recovering mentally] probably did take longer than anything else,” Mason Mount said.

“You reflect on how it went – it was obviously such a big heartbreak to go all the way then fall at the last hurdle was difficult.”

On seeking player’s opinion, he added: “To have the players’ input would be positive, I think.

“We want to play in as many top tournaments and games as possible, we want to be involved. To speak to us would be positive and help shape the future.”