Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho asked England coach Gareth Southgate to reveal club coaches who are pressing their players to avoid joining the national team, as well as an explanation of why Raheem Sterling was excluded from the national team this week.
Player fatigue has become a major problem due to match pressure following the COVID-19 pandemic. Southgate said that some players were keen to represent their country, but they found themselves in a “difficult situation” with their clubs.
Sterling missed England’s 4-0 win over Iceland in the European Nations League at Wembley the day before yesterday due to injury, but Mourinho said he expected the Manchester City winger to participate from the start when Pep Guardiola’s team visits London to face Tottenham on Saturday in the league.
On Friday, the Portuguese coach pointed out that Southgate revealed that some club coaches had put pressure on players to avoid joining the national team, and because of that, Southgate feels the need to contact them to try to calm their feelings and control the situation.
“I would like him to reveal the identity of these coaches who are pressuring the players not to join the national team. I want him to identify the coaches to whom he communicates by phone or talks to them,” he added.
“We all know that Sterling will play tomorrow (Saturday),” Mourinho added, in a press conference before the match, after the City striker was absent from the England squad against Belgium and Iceland due to a calf injury he sustained during training with the national team.
“When (defender) Eric Dyer was excluded from the national team squad for injury, he did not participate in two matches with Tottenham. It took him two weeks to recover, but Raheem will play tomorrow. These are the details that I think Gareth must explain.”
Mourinho confirmed that South Korean Son Heung-min’s test result for the Corona virus was negative, and he will be ready for tomorrow’s match, but England midfielder Harry Winks may not participate after suffering a slight injury during his participation with his country.
The Portuguese coach – who took over at Tottenham Hotspur in November last year – hopes to celebrate his anniversary with the team, beating City, which will push the London club to the top of the league temporarily.