Gareth Southgate facing row with Premier League managers over intense autumn schedule with England boss set to name another large squad for three November fixtures
- Gareth Southgate is set to announce a large squad for this month’s games
- England are set to face Belgium and Iceland in UEFA Nations League matches
- Southgate also has to factor in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland
Gareth Southgate is concerned about the potential damage to his relationship with Premier League managers due to tension caused by England’s intense autumn schedule.
The England manager will name a large squad for this month’s UEFA Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland on Thursday as he also has to factor in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland, a game he feels his players could do without.
Ireland stepped in at the last minute after New Zealand and then Australia withdrew. The FA’s main concern has been to honour their broadcast contract with ITV, who have the rights to show England’s home friendlies and qualifying matches.
Gareth Southgate will select a large squad with England set to play three games this month
With England’s Nations League games broadcast live on Sky Sports, the withdrawal of New Zealand and Australia left the terrestrial channel without a game at short notice with the FA liable for compensation.
Southgate is understanding of the FA’s position and need to deliver their commercial agreements, but preparing his squad for three matches in seven days has caused problems.
Southgate is particularly concerned about the potential for relations to worsen ahead of March’s international break when he will want to pick his strongest team to optimise preparations for the European Championship.
England will face Republic of Ireland followed by Belgium and Iceland in the Nations League
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