Ferguson calls for winter break

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Sir Alex Ferguson claims England will continue to under-perform in major tournaments as long as the Premier League refuses to have a winter break.

The Manchester United boss claims that England travelled to the recent World Cup in South Africa "handicapped" by the players being fatigued from a relentless domestic season.

England crashed out at the last 16 stage following a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany and the finger of blame has been pointed at everyone from head coach Fabio Capello to a generation of under-performing players.

However, Ferguson believes the major issue is a more obvious one to do with player fatigue.

The Red Devils played 57 games in all competitions during a hectic 2009/10 season.

"The FA has to give the country the best possible chance of doing well in the World Cup," he stated.

"Because of the nature of our game and because of the demands from television to have a programme every week, I have been talking about a winter break but nothing has happened.

"They must realise that, going into the World Cup, they have handicapped their team."

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