France's Paul Pogba celebrates scoring their third goal in the World Cup Finals. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Global footballers' union FIFPro says that at least 15 World Cup players have taken part in UEFA club competitions less than four weeks after returning from Russia, leaving without a sufficient close season break.The group stage of the World Cup in Russia, which was officially part of last season, finished on June 28 while the final was played on July 15 .The first round of qualifying for this season's Champions League began on July 10, meaning that the two seasons in effect overlapped by a few days.England defender Phil Jones and forward Marcus Rashford are expected to return early to help prepare for the start of the season.
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