FA chief executive says England team doesn’t travel well

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LONDON (AP) The chief executive of the English Football Association says there is “brittleness” in the team when it travels overseas for games.

Martin Glenn spoke to sports industry executives at the Leaders conference in London on Thursday, hours before England hoped to qualify for the World Cup by beating Slovenia.

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Glenn is already concerned about how the team gains the “physiological edge” missing so often in England teams. Since winning the 1966 World Cup on home soil, England has only won six knockout games at major tournaments. England was eliminated from the 2016 European Championship in the last 16 by Iceland.

Glenn says “England players do not travel well … we know there is a brittleness in unfamiliar circumstances that we have to deal with.”