England coach Roy Hodgson wants television companies to stop asking for games between the Premier League's top teams on Sundays before internationals, reports BBC Sport. Because affected players need time to recover, Hodgson thinks such scheduling limits his amount of preparation time.

"It would be lovely to think that one day we could all get together and say 'England is important'," Hodgson said.

Four of England's eight remaining World Cup qualifiers are scheduled to be played on Friday evenings.

Speaking in a question-and-answer session, broadcast on the Football Association's website, he added: "It would be nice if, when we're playing on Friday, the top teams played on Saturday and not Sunday. Then on Monday we could do a bit of work, and on Tuesday do some serious work.

"But every time, the top clubs have played on Sunday and some at five o'clock on Sunday. If they're from Manchester and they've played in Southampton, they get back late at night then have to come down again."

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