Peter Crouch says the World Cup would lose ‘prestige’ if it were hosted every two years and that he might have missed his England debut… while Rio Ferdinand likes the idea but thinks the football calendar ‘needs to be cleaned up’ turn into’
- FIFA considers plans to host the World Cup every two years in the future
- Peter Crouch and Rio Ferdinand debated the topic during a speech on BT Sport
- The former striker believes the World Cup would lose its prestige if he ran too often
- Rio Ferdinand is a fan of the idea but thinks the calendar should be looked at
Peter Crouch and Rio Ferdinand disagreed on whether FIFA should go ahead with proposals to host a World Cup every two years.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, now FIFA’s head of global football development, has developed the idea and has begun consulting former players and coaches.
In his proposal, international qualifiers would be consolidated into one or two windows and there would be a tournament at the end of each season, with the World Cup taking place every two years.
FIFA investigating plans to change the World Cup to be held every two years
Peter Crouch believes the competition would lose prestige if it changes every two years
Ahead of the lunch break between Crystal Palace and Tottenham, former England internationals Crouch and Ferdinand debated the topic.
The former striker said on BT Sport: “It will divide opinion. You lose the prestige of the World Cup by playing it every two years. ‘
‘It has been well thought out. Losing the international breaks kills the Premier League, a break in October makes the pointless matches out of the equation, but it does lose prestige – it’s a special tournament.”
Arsene Wenger consults with both former players and coaches about the proposals
However, Ferdinand likes the idea but adds that the well-being of the players should be looked at.
He said: ‘Yes, I think the welfare of players should be taken care of, prestige is a concern, but I like the idea, if I were a player I might say something different.
“You want to be in top condition this season. If they can get that part right, I’d lean towards it. There is work to be done, but my feeling is positive. Will it make the spectacle better, the quality?
“There are other factors that they are going to add to this, let’s have a conversation and dig deeper. You have to clean up the calendar because you never know if you’re coming or going. It can be crazy sometimes.’
Crouch first broke into the England senior team in 2005 during a tour of the United States in May 2005.
However, the retired striker feels he would have missed his breakthrough chance if there was an international tournament every year.
Rio Ferdinand has admitted he’s a fan of the idea but thinks the calendar needs to be changed
He said: ‘I went to America for my England debut and a lot of players didn’t go there, if that game hadn’t been played I might not have managed to break through.
“If you play a tournament every year, those players might not be able to play. If it’s a World Cup or European Championship, you make a date, if it’s a qualifying match, if it’s through, I’ll watch it, but you make an appointment for a World Cup.’
Ferdinand added: “The calendar lacks clarity and organisation, you get a summer, don’t know if it’s a qualifier or Nations League, the sooner it is put together the better.”