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Jurgen Klopp: Festive programme is harming England

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the lack of winter break in the Barclays Premier League is harming England's national team.

The German, who is enjoying his first taste of festive football with the Reds, believes the failure to take a hiatus like the other major European leagues could restrict the Three Lions' chances of doing well at Euro 2016 and other major tournaments.

"You have too many games, that's for sure," Klopp told the BBC's Football Focus.

"You have no break, too many tournaments.

"I think everybody knows that's not the way (to be successful).

"Everybody thinks Roy (Hodgson) should lead these boys to the title, they have really good players.

"But they've had no break for one year. All the other teams have. You can be (successful) but it's much harder."

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