Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has told England national team manager Gareth Southgate to call out the Premier League managers putting pressure on him not to play some players. Mourinho told Southgate to shame those Premier League managers during his pre-match press conference ahead of the crucial league game with Manchester City on Saturday evening.
According to Jose Mourinho, Gareth Southgate has talked about interference from the Premier League managers and has called on the Three Lions of England boss to start mentioning names. Mourinho also pointed out that Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling is fit to play in the Spurs despite pulling out of the recent England games because of injury. Mourinho went on to give the example of his player, Eric Dier.
Mourinho said that Eric Dier missed two games after last month’s injury that he picked up while on England duty as he doubted the reported injury that forced Sterling out of the England games this month. Eric Dier had missed the Premier League clash at home to West Ham United which saw the Hammers come from three goals down with eight minutes left to earn a point via a 3-3 draw. Dier also missed the win over LASK of Austria in the Europa League. The England centre back missed the West Ham and LASK games shortly after the October national team games.
In response to Mourinho, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola opted not to speak on the matter. The new development on the use of players in the England national team has raised the focus on the game between Spurs and Manchester City. Guardiola also spoke about Sterling as he said that the player returned to training for the first time in a long while on Friday. He was joined in training by club legend Sergio Aguero as both players declared their readiness to face Spurs on Saturday.