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Crouch says World Cup would 'lose prestige' if hosted every two years

Peter Crouch says the World Cup would ‘lose prestige’ if hosted every two years and he might have missed out on making his England debut… but Rio Ferdinand BACKS FIFA’s controversial plan

  • FIFA are considering plans to run the World Cup every two years in the future
  • Peter Crouch and Rio Ferdinand debated the topic speaking on BT Sport
  • The former striker feels the World Cup would lose prestige if run too often
  • Rio Ferdinand is a fan of the idea but feels the calendar needs looking into  

Peter Crouch and Rio Ferdinand disagreed over whether FIFA should go ahead with proposals to have a World Cup every two years. 

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, now FIFA’s head of global football development, has developed the idea and has begun consulting former players and coaches. 

In his proposal, international qualification matches would be consolidated into one or two windows and there would be a tournament at the end of each season, with the World Cup taking place every two years.

FIFA are looking into plans to change the World Cup so that it is run every two years

Peter Crouch feels the competition would lose prestige if it does change to every two years

Ahead of the lunch time kick-off between Crystal Palace and Tottenham, former England internationals Crouch and Ferdinand debated the topic.

The former striker said on BT Sport: ‘It will divide opinion. You lose the prestige of the world cup by playing it every two years. ‘

‘It has been well thought out. Losing the international breaks kills the Premier League, one break in October takes the meaningless games out of the equation but it does lose prestige – it’s a special tournament.’

Arsene Wenger is consulting both former players and coaches on the proposals 

Ferdinand though likes the idea but adds that player welfare needs to be looked into.

He said: ‘Yes I think the welfare of players needs to be taken care of, prestige is a concern but I like the idea, if I was a player I might be saying something different.

‘You wanna be in top condition for the season. If they can get that part right I’d lean towards it. There’s work to be done but my feeling is positive. Is it gonna make the spectacle better, the quality? 

‘There’s other factors they’re gonna add to this, let’s have a conversation and delve deeper. Cleaning up the calendar needs doing because you never know whether you’re coming or going. It can be crazy at times.’

Crouch first broke into the England senior team in 2005 during a tour of the United States in May 2005.

The retired striker feels though that he might have missed his chance of breaking through if there was an international tournament ever year.

Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he is a fan of the idea but feels the calendar needs changing

He said: ‘I went to America for my England debut and a lot of players didn’t go to it, if that game wasn’t on I might not have managed to break through. 

‘If you’re playing a tournament every year, those players might not get to play. If its a World Cup or Euros you make a date, if it’s a qualifier, if it’s on I’ll watch it, but you make a date for a World Cup.’

Ferdinand added: ‘The Calendar lacks clarity and organisation, you get to a summer, don’t know if it’s a qualifier or Nations League, the sooner it’s brought together then the better.’




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