Franz Beckenbauer believes England's hopes at next year's World Cup in Germany could be affected by the amount of games players get through each season.

The man who has won the World Cup as player and coach with West Germany in 1974 and 1990 respectively is impressed with Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad, but is concerned by the workload placed on England's top stars.

He told the Sunday Telegraph: "My only concern with England is they play a lot of games. They have a league with 20 teams, two cup competitions plus the European club games.

"Some of the players must play 70 games so when it comes to the European Championship or the World Cup, they often have run out of strength. It's the same with Spain.

"I'm really impressed by the style of the England team and the way they play.

"I also like the leadership of David Beckham, whatever people say he is worth to the team, while Wayne Rooney will bring a refreshing excitement to the tournament.

"England's young players could make all the difference to their chances."

Beckenbauer is the head of the World Cup 2006 organising committee, and is then set to campaign to succeed Lennart Johansson as president of UEFA.