England stars set for pre-Euros holiday as Gareth Southgate fears burnout

England players will be given an end-of-season beak before the start of the Euros.

Premier League stars are facing a gruelling campaign with three World Cup friendlies to come in March and then the European Championships next summer on the back of a hectic fixture list.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate believes it would be hard for them to finish the season and then go straight into an international tournament and will trust them to fly off on holiday before joining back up for England duty.

Southgate said: “Before the World Cup we gave them a period of holiday and we think that is important psychologically as well as physically.

“Of course, we hope people will be able to travel to go away by that point but that is a bit of an unknown. The scheduling will be complicated but we have very good people for planning and physical periodisation and we’ll just have to adapt and adjust.

“It is less time than normal for a tournament but it is more time than we get for the regular camps and our time on the training pitch we use well, we feel the team develops well on the field and pick up the messages well.

“We back that up off the field with the meetings we have. You’d always like more time with the players but we’ll maximise what we’ve got.”

Southgate is particularly concerned about injuries derailing his plans for next summer's tournament, after losing Joe Gomez in this camp, while Marcus Rashford was also ruled out.

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He said: “I guess club managers have three 10-day periods of doing that and we have six months. It is a worry, we hope the small injuries don’t become too many like Joe’s that are significant.

“But we’ve always said this is why we need a squad, this year will be the biggest advocate of that because we just don’t know who we will have for March or the end of the season.”

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