Jose Mourinho has urged Gareth Southgate to appoint managers who put pressure on players to forgo international duty.© Twitter
Jose Mourinho has called on England boss Gareth Southgate to name managers who are pressuring their players to step down from international duties as he suspects Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling will be fit to start against Tottenham Saturday. Southgate has repeatedly hinted during the recent international break that some players have faced pressure from their clubs to withdraw from his squad. Sterling has withdrawn from the squad with an injury which Southgate would not give details about, while Spurs forward Harry Kane has played almost 14 minutes of both Three Lions Nations League games.
“Gareth Southgate, I read, reportedly said that some football club managers were pressuring their players not to play for the national team,” Mourinho said in his pre-season press conference. match Friday.
“And because of that, he sometimes feels the need to call club directors to try and calm emotions and calm situations that are difficult for him.”
“I would like him to say who. I would like him to say which coaches are pressuring the players not to leave. And I would like him to say which coaches he calls and talks about on the phone with them. “
Sterling also retired from England internationals in October, but then scored the winner against Arsenal in the opener after the international break.
“We all know Sterling will play tomorrow,” added Mourinho.
“When Eric Dier left the national team injured the month before, he didn’t make two appearances for Tottenham. He didn’t play a Premier League game and a Europa League game.”
“It took a few weeks to recover and Raheem is going to play tomorrow. These are the little things that I think Gareth should explain to all of us.”
City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed Sterling has taken part in training for the first time since his injury on Friday.
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