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Everton captain Neville pushes for midseason break

Everton captain Phil Neville believes the Premiership needs a midseason break to benefit the England team.

Neville believes the rigours of the Premiership are just too much for England's top players to be competitive at international tournaments.

"It's 1966 since we last had success - that's too long," said the midfielder, who won 59 caps for England.

"We need a break, where for two or three weeks there is a complete shutdown, when players can refresh, recharge. It's great playing at Christmas, but come May, when you need to be peaking for your country in the biggest [tournament] of your life, you're dead on your feet."

"We all want to play. I love playing on Boxing Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day - it's part of the tradition of English football - but then you come to a major tournament and accept that the players aren't in the best shape. You can't have it both ways. Maybe you can have a mid-winter break after New Year's Day.

"We have to take something away from the Premier League to give something back to our national side."

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