FIFA has announced that Premier League clubs will not be obliged to release Portuguese or South American players for the next round of international matches.
Under normal circumstances, all parties should allow members of their squad to represent their countries if summoned.
But as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a waiver was made to allow clubs to refuse under certain circumstances.
The latest UK rules state that anyone returning from a ‘red list’ country, including Portugal, all of South America and South Africa, must be quarantined for ten days, with no exceptions to the stars of the sport of elite.
And for this reason, clubs will be able to block players from those nations from traveling to games scheduled for March.
It means that people like Bruno Fernandes from Manchester United, Roberto Firmino from Liverpool and Ederson and Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City can stay in the UK while their countries are in action.
A statement from FIFA said: “In the context of the challenges that continue to exist for national and international football due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FIFA Council Bureau has decided to provide additional flexibility with regard to the release of players for national matches. team duty and registration of players with clubs in competitions that continue to be interrupted by the pandemic.
The news will be a boost for Premier League managers, who may have been concerned about the disruption potential travel could have caused.
At a time when the schedule is more hectic than ever, it also means that your players can enjoy a much-needed break.
The next international break will take place between March 22 and 31.
Most will begin their qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup, with England taking on San Marino on March 25, Albania on March 25 and Poland on March 31.