Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the busy schedule of the English Premier League hurts England’s chances in major tournaments.
The German praised England’s current team as “really talented”, but said the lack of a winter break in the country would count against them at Euro 2016.
“You have too many games, that’s for sure. You have no break, too many tournaments. I think everybody knows that’s not the way [to be successful].
“Everybody thinks [manager] Roy [Hodgson] should lead these boys to the title, they have really good players.
“But they’ve had no break for one year. All the other teams have. You can be [successful] but it’s much harder.
“There are reasons why the big English clubs in the last few years were not that successful. You have too many tournaments.” Klopp told Football Focus
England have not reached the semi-finals at any of their past eight major tournaments, and were knocked out at the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Klopp added that the fixture schedule in domestic football has also contributed to the recent struggles of English clubs in the Champions League, Europe’s elite competition.
Klopp’s Liverpool side face three matches in eight days over Christmas and New Year, starting against surprise Premier League leaders Leicester at Anfield on 26 December.