Premier League chairmen have voted in principle to introduce a winter break starting next season.

They agreed to a two-year experiment for a 13-day break in January – ideally between the 3rd and 4th round off the FA Cup.

England is one of the few European countries not to have a break although Scotland recently scrapped theirs.

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson made a presentation to the club chairmen, arguing that the break would benefit the players, the clubs as well as the national team.

“It was a compelling case that was put forward with benefits to all clubs, so they were happy to agree in principle,” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore told BBC Radio.

“Sven thinks players should have an absolute break for seven days and then have six days back in training. He thinks that is enough.”

Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor is also in favour of change.

“In general it’s a move that will be welcomed by managers, particularly by the England manager,” said Taylor.

“The batteries run down on the very best players as there is big demand on players so it will be good both physically and mentally.

“The players will also welcome it. There will be those at the top (of the Premiership) worried by a change in the pattern, but those at the bottom will be glad of the break.”