Has the international break come too early?

With domestic seasons only just getting underway, isn't it logical to find a way of playing these internationals earlier?

The top flight leagues have yet to really get going, the transfer window has just slammed short and already domestic fixtures in the top leagues come to a halt because of the international fixtures.

Given that there are internationals at different times in the summer, is it not too early to call an international break? Especially as it wasn’t so long ago that players were participating in friendlies shortly before the Premier League season got underway.

Is it not possible for those friendlies to be brought forward a week and include the World Cup qualifiers, so the national sides stay together for three games? Instead of having one, a bit of a break, then a further two, causing a bit of disruption.

It must be frustrating for managers, especially given the timing straight after the transfer window that they can get to work immediately with any late signings they may have made if they have to go away immediately on international duty – not to mention there is the prospect of them getting injured and the player not being available for a lengthy period of time.

To some this may seem like a club v country row, it really isn’t. There is sense of having an international break in October as the domestic season will have started to get into the swing of things, cup competitions are well underway and clubs will have started participating in European competition.

The season is in full flow, whereas this makes it feel a bit stop-start.

To play all international football in the summer would be unreasonable, but is it so much to ask to try and group the friendlies that take place in August together with the usual qualifiers of the first weekend in September? That way they could fulfil some kind of warm-up role ahead of the domestic season?

What do you think? Do you think this international break comes too early?

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