Date:Sunday December 9 2007
Why are England failing on the International stage? Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz believes that it is the fact that there is NO winter break.
Most people put our (England's) shortcomings down to the amount of foreigners that are playing in England, but Santa Cruz believes that if the Premier League would introduce a winter break (which is common in many countries) it would benefit the players and reduce the tiredness.
Santa Cruz told The People: "England's players are just so tired every time they go to a big tournament.
"They are expected to play a long season with no breaks and then still be on top form in June. That is impossible.
"Look at Germany. Over there you get maybe six or seven weeks when you do nothing - including a winter break - and so you feel fresh."
The Paraguayan International also had some words for his Rovers team-mate David Bentley, and he feel that when he is accepted by the England fans, and feels a part of the squad he can go onto fill the void that England are looking to fill that will be left when David Beckham finally does move on.
He added: "I am sure that once he is really made to feel an England player and he is accepted by the team, then he will perform just like he does for Blackburn.
"I don't know whether David Beckham is finished because he is such a great player.
"When you are a striker and you have someone like Beckham in your team, you know that you are going to get a great pass.
"David Bentley can also give a great pass - the more games he plays, the better he gets, then he will become an England player."
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