Friday, November 20, 2020 at 17:10
José Mourinho has once again aimed his arrows at the English national coach Gareth Southgate. While Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Eric Dier came into action last Wednesday during the international match between England and Iceland (4-0), Raheem Sterling left the training camp of the Three Lions before that game already with a slight calf injury. In the run-up to Saturday night’s game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, Mourinho expresses his dissatisfaction with the ‘preferential treatment’ that Sterling received during this international period.
Southgate noted earlier this week that he had let players leave the England national team ‘under pressure from a few clubs’, due to the risk of injury. “I read that Gareth Southgate has said that some managers have pressured him not to let certain players play. He also said that he sometimes feels the need to call managers and ask them to slow down so he can control their emotions and the difficult situations ahead of them. I think I have read it correctly ”, he signs Goal during the press conference in the run-up to the game between Tottenham and Manchester City from Mourinho’s mouth.
“I would like to ask him: who are those managers who are putting pressure on him not to let certain players go? Who are the coaches he calls and speaks with? Apart from that, he has the right and the option to summon the players. He wants to win games, especially after a defeat. Even if the game is not about anything. I can sympathize with that ”, Mourinho continues. With England’s 2-0 defeat against Belgium, nothing was at stake in the Nations League match against Iceland.
“We all know Sterling will play against us. When Eric Dier returned from the national team injured last month, he was unable to play two games. He had to recover for a few weeks and Raheem will just play on Saturday ”, emphasizes Mourinho, who also announced that Steven Bergwijn is fit again and is part of the match selection for the match with Manchester City. The attacker had to miss the international matches with the Orange because he was not fit. “These are the little details that Gareth has to explain to all of us. I fully support the fact that the English national team must be respected. ”
“I also think it’s great that Kane was in the starting line-up against Iceland. The only problem is that everyone should be treated the same and there should be no exceptions, ”the Tottenham manager concludes. Sterling was not present in Belgium, while Kane and Dier made ninety minutes there. The pair from Tottenham were also at the kick-off against Iceland, but were taken to the side before the end. Winks came in as a substitute in this game and also completed the ninety minutes in the exhibition game with Ireland (3-0 win), in which Kane and Dier participated.
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