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By Amir Mir

England manager Sam Allardyce has echoed the words of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and urged the Premier League to introduce a winter break.

During the hectic festive period last year, Klopp felt the England national team was suffering due to the lack of a mid-season break.

The national side were dumped out of Euro 2016 this summer after a humiliating defeat to minnows Iceland, which led to manager Roy Hodgson’s resignation.

Harry Kane was one of the star players who underperformed after a tough schedule. Kane played for England in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and played a full season for Tottenham, winning the golden boot.

Now, Allardyce has called for Premier League chiefs to introduce a winter break in order to help the national side in the future.

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When asked why England’s performances have been so disappointing, Allardyce was unequivocal.

“No midseason break,” said Allardyce, as quoted by The Metro. “I have been an advocate of that for the last 10 years or more. The demand, physically and mentally, on players is enormous. The Premier League is the best league in the world so demand has to be on the players.

“It would help the Premier League and it would help us at international level if we could try and achieve it. In my time when we finish at the Christmas period, January and February was always the most difficult period to get the players through.”

The Premier League and the need for a winter break has been a talking point for many years, with Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, France and Scotland all taking a winter break during the latter part of December to early January.

But, supporters will argue that they enjoy the festive games, including the traditional Boxing Day fixtures, as the talk of a winter break hots up again.

In the latest Liverpool team news, former Reds star is named as Sam Allardyce’s number two