Arsene Wenger to return to dugout after leaving Arsenal in 2018

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The 71-year-old insists that a major tournament every summer would reduce the amount of travel players have to undertake, with one qualifying window every October for either the World Cup or a continental competition.

However, England manager Gareth Southgate has become the latest name in the game to critique the revolutionary plans, admitting that he was finding it difficult to keep up with the constant changes going on.

"There's another part of that: what if a player was injured in the October? He doesn't play international football for a year," he said ahead of Tuesday's clash against Hungary.

"I'm not quite sure where everything is. I saw some initial proposals. They seem to be doing the rounds and I'm not quite sure exactly what's on the table now.

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It seems to change every time I speak to [chief executive] Mark Bullingham at the FA [Football Association], there's been another presentation and another set of proposals and it is hard to keep up with, really.

"All I would say is everybody needs to be there in the discussion — club football, international football. There can be tweaks to the calendar that would help everybody.

"If there are slightly fewer windows but you get the players together for a slightly longer period of time, that might help the clubs and the international teams. But if there is only one per year, I don't really understand that as a concept from FIFA when international football is such important part of what they do.

"And as I said at the start, if you are a player and you miss that one month or however long it is proposed to be, what, you don't have an international career at all that year? That doesn't really seem to make much sense to me."

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