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Gareth Southgate has NOT responded to Arsene Wenger’s invitation to discuss biennial World Cup plans

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Gareth Southgate has NOT responded to Arsene Wenger’s invitation to discuss biannual plans for the World Cup with national team bosses… with England boss not willing to take the risk despite positive informal talks with FIFA chief

  • Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger meets national team bosses this week
  • FIFA chief wants to create support for his new international calendar
  • England manager Gareth Southgate has had informal talks with Wenger
  • But as it stands, Southgate won’t take the chance for a new discussion











England manager Gareth Southgate has not yet accepted Arsene Wenger’s invitation to discuss FIFA’s blueprint for a biennial World Cup.

Wenger, who is now FIFA’s head of global football development, will meet with the national team bosses this week as he seeks to generate support for its new international calendar, which will include hosting a World Cup every two years.

England manager Southgate has already held informal talks with Wenger about the plan, but the next round of talks would provide an opportunity for a more detailed understanding of how the changes would work.

England boss Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate (R) has not yet accepted Arsene Wenger’s invitation to discuss FIFA’s plans to shake up the international calendar.

Wenger seeks support from national team bosses for his biennial World Cup proposal

Wenger seeks support from national team bosses for his biennial World Cup proposal

Southgate left his initial meeting with Wenger quite positive about what the changes would mean for football, but as it stands, the England boss will not take the chance for another talk with the Frenchman.

Instead, Football Association CEO Mark Bullingham will attend one of the online sessions for national federation CEOs, also being held between Tuesday and Thursday this week.

Wenger is eager to talk in an effort to allay doubts amid concerns about his plan from some of football’s greatest hitters

Instead, FA chief executive Mark Bullingham (second from R) will attend an online session

Instead, FA chief executive Mark Bullingham (second from R) will attend an online session

Players’ well-being, international windows and women’s play are also addressed, while FIFA is also in talks with broadcasters and other key stakeholders.

Wenger said: “As coaches of the national men’s teams, their input is essential.

“There are very few opportunities for us to come together, but we must embrace these opportunities because such a dialogue helps us all to protect the unique place that football has in the world and to make it truly global.”

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