The lack of a mid-season hiatus has been cited as a reason for England's failure to reach the final four of any major tournament since the 1990 World Cup, and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney believes it is time for it to become part of the English season.
Speaking to the Sunday Express, he said: ''A winter break would not only help the England team but the Premier League as well.
''Towards the end of the season the intensity in some of the games which is normally there is missing. It's a long season with the intensity the games are played at.
''It is only fair on players that there is a break.''
Rooney believes a break is especially important in England because of the pace of the game.
''It's great, especially as a forward when the game is end to end and the game opens up. But it's only in England where you see the game that quick,'' he added.