‘I wouldn’t do it’: England’s Wiegman and Stokes oppose plan for more World Cups

  • Manager Wiegman insists ‘players are not robots’
  • Stokes says tournaments are ‘very taxing and draining’

The England Women manager, Sarina Wiegman, has cautioned against plans for a biennial World Cup because of the toll it would take on players.

“I wouldn’t do it,” the former Netherlands head coach said before her team’s second 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifier, in Luxembourg, on Tuesday night. “It’s not very good for the players, for their welfare. When you have all these tournaments [World Cups, Olympics and Euros] every year, where are the players going to get some rest? Where are they going to recover from a very intense football year every year? Players are not robots.”

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