When is the international break and when will the Premier League return?


    Mount Mount in action for England in the Nations League
    England will be on Nations League duty (Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

    After a pulsating start to the Premier League season, players, fans and managers alike will have a chance to catch their breath when the international break takes place next week.

    This will be the last international break before the World Cup, giving players one last opportunity to impress their national team managers before the greatest show on Earth comes around.

    Mangers will also be able to fine tune their tactics and selection ahead of the Qatar tournament.

    Here is what you should know about the international break.

    When is the international break?

    The international break will start on Monday, September 19, meaning that this weekend’s Premier League fixtures will be the last clubs play for two weeks.

    The international break will last until Tuesday, September 27.

    Raheem Sterling playing for England
    Raheem Sterling will temporarily swap Chelsea for England (Picture: Eddie Keogh – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

    Nations League fixtures will take place in this window, with European countries playing the final two group stage matches of this year’s competition.

    The rest of the world will be playing friendly matches in preparation for the World Cup.

    When will the Premier League return?

    Although the international break officially ends on September 27, this is only when players will be back in training with their clubs.

    Therefore, the Premier League will return on Saturday, October 1.

    The first match back after the internationals will be the small matter of the North London derby, with Arsenal hosting Tottenham from 12.30 on the Saturday lunchtime.

    Who do England play?

    England will play Italy in Milan on Friday, September 23 at 7.45pm.

    The Three Lions’ Nations League campaign will then conclude against Germany at Wembley on Monday, September 26 at 7.45pm.

    England are currently bottom of their Nations League group, and have a fight on their hands if they are to avoid relegation to League B.

    MORE : Who do England play in the Nations League? Fixtures, start times and how to watch on TV

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