Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has complained about England’s tour of the United States in May, claiming it will exhaust players after a Premier League season.
“I cannot understand the logic of going to the United States. Half of the team will pull out anyway and the other half will be going after 55 games,” said Wenger.
“I am not at all happy to lose Ashley (Cole) and Sol (Campbell).
“On one hand you want the England national team to have a four-week break before the World Cup in 2006. But then you don’t want to give them a holiday after a long and exhausting season.”
England will play the U.S. on May 28 in Chicago, a week after the FA Cup final, and Colombia in New Jersey on May 31.
“Next season will start early anyway because of the World Cup and that means that the close season this year will be short,” Wenger told the London Evening Standard.
“I cannot understand why international teams who are preparing for the World Cup have a busy summer this year. The most important thing is to give the players a breather.”