Tuesday , December 1 2020

September 12 – Premier League and EFL

The Premier League returns on September 12 along with the EFL

And last, but by no means least, the Premier League and EFL get back under way on September 12. It will be a fractured pre-season, though, as some teams will only have players back from international duty for a few days before playing their first league games of the season.

For some, this will only be a matter of weeks after their final game of the 2019/20 campaign. Chelsea and Wolves were involved in European competitions and will see their season starts delayed by two days. Fulham’s play-off game against Brentford was also on August 4, going into extra-time, with other Championship play-off matches late into July.

Manchester City and Manchester United will not play on the opening weekend after reaching the latter stages in the Champions League and Europa League respectively, with their first domestic games set to take place on September 19.

What does that mean for Man City and Man Utd internationals?

Gareth Southgate faces a tough decision over Man City and Man Utd players in his upcoming Nations League squad

It means there is a bit of dialogue needed between international and club representatives over whether or not Manchester City and Manchester United players will be available for selection.

This would mean they would play for their countries just days before the start of the Premier League after only a few weeks of rest following a gruelling end to the season.

Gareth Southgate will announce his first England squad since November 2019 on Tuesday and all eyes will be on his selections from the Manchester contingent.

Raheem Sterling played in Man City's semi-final defeat to Lyon

Marcus Rashford, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire all featured in United’s semi-final defeat to Sevilla as did Mason Greenwood, who could be in line for a first call-up. Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Kyle Walker were all in City’s squad, along with Phil Foden, who may also receive his first senior nod.

One country who have already announced their upcoming squad is Spain, with plenty of players from the delayed starters included. David de Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Rodri and Adama Traore have all been included, with Man City’s Eric Garcia also called up for the first time alongside new City team-mate Ferran Torres.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has a heavy fixture to contend with in September

Tottenham are facing a potential fixture pile-up next month with the prospect of two games in 48 hours twice in as many weeks.

Spurs will enter the second qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday September 17 after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season with European qualifying ties having been reduced to one-legged fixtures.

However, even with that, should Spurs progress through to the final two rounds of Europa League qualifying, they will face the prospect of two games across the same midweek, two weeks in a row, barring re-arrangements in an already packed fixture schedule.

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