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Arsene Wenger approaches Gareth Southgate for World Cup plan support

Gareth Southgate reveals Arsene Wenger has approached him for support over holding the World Cup biennially after strong backlash, as England boss insists: ‘The whole calendar generally needs to be tidied up. Fewer matches, better quality’

  • Wenger’s plans have divided opinion and Southgate was neutral on the proposal
  • But he did express his belief that the football calendar would have to be reduced
  • Southgate also backed England captain Kane to overhaul Wayne Rooney’s tally 

Arsene Wenger has approached England boss Gareth Southgate for support for his plan to hold the World Cup every two years.

Wenger, FIFA’s chief of global football development, has divided opinion with his plan and, although Southgate was careful not to criticise or offer approval to the proposal, he expressed his belief that the football calendar would have to be reduced if the World Cup were to become a biennial event.

‘I met Arsene a couple of weeks ago, so I have a pretty good idea of the proposals,’ explained Southgate. ‘There are many different strands so there are bits I thought could work, bits I think need more consideration and bits that probably wouldn’t work.

Arsene Wenger (above) approached Gareth Southgate for support over his World Cup plans

The England boss was non-committal about the plan to hold the World Cup every two years

‘The whole calendar generally needs to be tidied up. Fewer matches, better quality, but there are lots of other things that need consideration and we can’t just add more in at the moment.’

Southgate also believes it is inevitable Harry Kane will overtake Wayne Rooney to become England’s greatest goalscorer.

Kane’s goal against Andorra on Sunday took his tally to 40, 13 behind Rooney’s record.

And Southgate backed England captain Harry Kane (20) to break the country’s scoring record

Having started the 4-0 victory on the bench, he is expected to return to the XI for Wednesday’s clash against Poland as Southgate reverts to the team who beat Hungary last week. 

He says it is a matter of when, not if, Kane becomes his country’s top goalscorer.

‘He is on track. Let’s hope he stays fit and if he plays the games I don’t see that record not being broken,’ said Southgate. 




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