FA chief executive Martin Glenn has confirmed the Premier League is set to introduce a “much-needed” winter break.

The belief that a break, which is set to be introduced across the end of January and start of February during the 2019/20 season, will help both the national team and counter fatigue at club level are the main reasons for its introduction.

Glenn confirmed the decision to push ahead with plans for a break while speaking with FA council members and expects an announcement on the subject in the near future.

“We’re working closer and more collaboratively with the professional game than at any time in recent years,” Glenn said.

“Very soon this will pay dividends with the creation of a mid-season break, which is a much needed improvement for our clubs and England teams.”

Introducing a break will see the English game follow in the footsteps of Europe’s four other top leagues, with Germany, Spain, Italy and France all stopping over Christmas and the new year.

Staging the break later in the season would crucially protect the festive fixture list which supporters are so fond of.

The hope is that the Three Lions will benefit from players being fresher for international tournaments in the summer and, therefore, be able to compete better at World Cups and European Championships.

Rather than see all 20 teams in the Premier League not playing at once, the proposed plan will lead to a 13-day break taking place.

This will see one half of the league be in action one weekend and the other half the following, ensuring all clubs get the same time off and live football can still be televised during the break.