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FA hits England squad with 'tougher rules' on videogame playing

New regulations expected to curb excessive time in front of consoles during international tours

England players are being given stricter guidelines on how much time they can spend playing video games ahead of international matches.

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A new code of conduct, endorsed by the Football Association, has introduced regulations on the amount of time England players can spend in front of a games console, though the specific rule has yet to be made public.

The new code of conduct, which comes into effect in November, also bans players from making any match-related comments on Twitter for 24 hours before a game, according to a BBC Sport report.

Adrian Bevington, Club England managing director, said players could be suspended from England duty if they breached the code.

Some of the biggest stars in England's international squad are known to be fans of video games, particularly of football titles such as FIFA and PES.

England regulars Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart even appear on the product boxes of EA's FIFA titles.

The link between excessive video game playing and poor work performance has flared up in the past.

In 1997, ex Liverpool goalkeeper David James infamously claimed that late-night games of Tomb Raider was the reason behind his calamitous performance on the pitch.

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