Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has called for the League Cup to be scrapped next season in order to reduce the number of games which players are involved in leading up to the Euros next summer.
The Euros were scheduled to take place this summer but UEFA decided to postpone the tournament until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic (Guardian).
There is no official confirmation yet as to if and when the Premier League season will resume but some reports have suggested that that the possibility of playing behind closed doors in June or July is being explored (Sun).
That could mean that the start of next season would potentially be delayed and could pose a problem for players who ply their trade in England who will have a jam-packed fixture list with four competitions to be completed.
Phillips believes that it would make sense to can the League Cup next season in order to ensure that the England stars are not completely exhaustd when the Euros begin on June 12th 2021.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Golden Boot winner said: “I think what we would have to do is scrap the League Cup for next season so there are not so many games early on in the season.
“It would certainly help these players – especially the English players when we play the Euros the following summer.
“The League Cup and the EFL Trophy because we need to have one eye on the Euros because we need to have a good go at that. I would not want to see the FA Cup scrapped because of the passion of it and what it is.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The League Cup has lost his relevance over the last ten years or so, with even smaller clubs opting to play weakened teams in the competition. However, I am not one of those people who believe the competition should be scrapped completely as I believe it can has the potential to be revamped into something more interesting.
However, there is no doubt that we will be facing a unique challenge next season to complete the league in time and so it makes sense to scrap the competition just for the 2020/21 season.
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