We wrote last week that the FA, at the request of national team manager Gareth Southgate, has written to the Premier League with a request that no settlement be made between the top six teams in the final round before the World Cup in Qatar. .
The background was the fear that Southgate’s most confident men would be out completely and at the same time getting injured in the days before they traveled to the tournament.
When the schedule is now over, we can say that the England boss has got his wish. The series’ tour set for the weekend of November 12-13 looks like this:
Bournemouth – Everton, Brighton – Aston Villa, Fulham – Manchester United, Liverpool – Southampton, Manchester City – Brentford, Newcastle – Chelsea, Nottingham Forest – Crystal Palace, Tottenham – Leeds, West Ham – Leicester, Wolves – Arsenal.
Only eight days
This season, the schedule is of a special kind, as the Qatar World Cup will be held in the winter and thus provides a break in football for clubs. Under normal circumstances, the World Cup was supposed to take place at the time of writing, but instead the tournament kicks off on November 21.
England will play on opening day, which is Monday and just eight days after the last round of the Premier League before the tournament.
England will meet Iran in Doha on the first day of the tournament. The players who will participate in the World Cup will travel as soon as possible after the last Premier League match.
The Football League kicks off again on December 26, eight days after the World Cup final.
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