Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says England will never be competitive at tournaments unless they cut the number of clubs in the Premier League.
His comments come as Spain and Holland prepare for Sunday’s World Cup Final in Johannesburg with both squads having had shorter seasons than the Three Lions.
“In my opinion England have the best national coach possible,” said Mancini. “Fabio Capello is creating the basis for a solid team. The problem is not that, but another one — in England you play too much. Capello already said that and so did former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. You cannot have them under pressure as is the case here. In the years of European Championships and World Cups, you need a winter break to catch your breath.”