Mason Mount has become one of the first current stars to back planning a tournament every summer.
Former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois has pointed fingers at FIFA and UEFA over increasing demands from players after Belgium’s third-place loss to Italy in the Nations League.
But with FIFA pushing Arsene Wenger’s plan for a World Cup every two years and the world body’s 211 member nations now expected to vote in December, Blues and England’s skimmer Mount took a different approach.
Asked if he would like to pursue the idea of a tournament every year, Mount said: “Yes, I would love it.
“As players we want to play as many top competitions and top games as possible, as Gareth Southgate said.
“We want to be in those big games.
“But it would be nice to have players’ input – it would be a positive to help shape the future.”
Mount, however, agreed that his first taste of tournament football had taken a toll.
He continued: “After the Euros and what happened last summer, it took me a while to recover.
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“It was a huge heartbreak for us to go all the way forward and then fall over the final hurdle, a tough one.
“I had a break, although it wasn’t very long, but I was able to get away from football and rest, and then start back in pre-season.
“As a player, you have to look at the next game and the next challenge, that’s important.”