Fifa considers longer but fewer international breaks

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England players will come together again in November and in March 2018 before next summer’s World Cup

Fifa is considering introducing longer but fewer international breaks during the domestic season.

World football’s governing body, which wants to find a balance between club and national team competitions, is at the start of the consultation process.

There are currently four international breaks – each lasting two weeks – during a season.

The current break is the second of the 2017-18 campaign, with others scheduled in November and March.

The dates of the international breaks are fixed until 2024, unless stakeholders – including clubs, leagues and broadcasters – agree to a change.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger have criticised the timing