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Georgia Stanway wary of burnout among Lionesses ahead of a rare summer break

Georgia Stanway is cautioning about the possibility of “burnout” among players as she readies herself for a summer without major tournament football for the first time since 2016.

The England midfielder, Gieorgia Stanway, known for her crucial role in Sarina Wiegman’s team, has been a key figure at both the European Championship and Women’s World Cup, establishing herself as one of Europe’s top players.

Stanway, who also participated in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 with Team GB, has been a fixture in major international tournaments for England at the Under-17, Under-19, and Under-20 levels despite being just 25 years old.

Currently in Marbella with England for a warm-weather training camp ahead of friendlies against Austria and Italy, the Bayern Munich star admits that players are concerned about “burnout” and prefer to have decisions made for them.

“This will be my actual first summer that I’ll actually be able to have some time without youth tournaments with senior tournaments.” she said.

“It is a potential burnout. I think the thing that we want as players is that the decision is taken away from us. I think that’s something that we spoke about last year is just allowing the team above us to make the decision and then we can just go with it.

“We realised that it’s not quite as simple as that [having a summer off]. But the best thing you can do is work with country, work with clubs to find out the best solution and hopefully the best solution is giving us a good amount of time of rest.

“It will be competitive football this summer,” she continued, despite Team GB not participating at the Paris Olympics because of England’s premature Nations League exit. “Obviously, we’ve got four games during the off-season but my focus will be on those games and maybe I need to learn when to be on and when to be off; maybe I just need to switch off faster or switch on faster.”

Sarina Wiegman, the England manager, has previously expressed her worries about the congested fixture calendar, highlighting her concern over the insufficient rest for her players due to the majority of games being competitive rather than friendlies. FIFA’s decision to schedule windows in June and July, coinciding with Euro 2025 qualifiers, means that players will not have a complete off-season.

“This is exactly the case what we are addressing all the time,” the England boss chimed in. “There’s no tournament so that should be an opportunity to get some rest,  but because of the window in June and the window in July how are you going to take some time off?

“Then after that, theirs is some time off, in England the WSL starts later, but then round one of the Champions League starts in early September, which takes away the summer from the players.

“That’s what we need to take care of and we’ve asked Fifa and Uefa to look at that and change that in the future so players can have some rest. It’s great that we have players that love football,  but we have to take care of them too so we have to do something about the calendar.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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