England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson said four weeks of preparation for the 2006 World Cup in Germany is essential.
England had three weeks between the end of the domestic season and the start of the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, exiting both in the quarter-finals.
Teams played four matches during this season's festive period, although some managers criticised the schedule.
But Eriksson told the League Managers' Association website: "We must have one more week of preparation."
The England coach said he noticed his players suffering from tiredness at both the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, saying he felt the domestic schedule was the reason.
"In England, the domestic season begins but never stops, with no break at all, so we found that in the second half of matches in Japan and Portugal our players were tired," he said.
"In 2002 and 2004 we had only three weeks of preparation but for the 2006 World Cup we will have four weeks.
"Fifa has instructed all countries on this issue and I appreciate that very much. The extra week will be very important to us."
Eriksson confirmed David Beckham will captain the England team in Germany.
"Beckham will be England's captain in Germany and I will not even discuss anyone else.
"He is calm in the dressing room and when he talks, people listen. That's good.
"But you must also remember that we have many captains in our team: John Terry is a good leader who is captain of Chelsea, Steven Gerrard is captain of Liverpool - and so on.
"I think you will see the best of Beckham in Germany. He has been playing well for Real Madrid and I think a lot of our players will prepare themselves to play really well next summer."