England striker Wayne Rooney has called for the introduction of a Premier League winter break to give the national team the best possible chance of success in future major tournaments.
The Premier League have so far resisted calls to bring in a break, which is a feature of the Spanish, Italian, French and German domestic calendars.
Quoted in the Sunday Express, Rooney said: "A winter break would not only help the England team but the Premier League as well."
The lack of a mid-season hiatus has been cited as a reason for England's failure to reach the final four of any major tournament since the 1990 World Cup, and Manchester United star Rooney believes it is time for it to become part of the English season.
Rooney added: "Towards the end of the season the intensity in some of the games which is normally there is missing.
"It's a long season with the intensity the games are played at.
"It is only fair on players that there is a break."
Rooney believes a break is especially important in England because of the pace of the game.
"It's great, especially as a forward when the game is end to end and the game opens up," he said.
"But it's only in England where you see the game that quick."
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