Jose Mourinho Questions Raheem Sterling's Withdrawal From England Games
England boss Gareth Southgate hinted several times during the recent international break, that some players faced pressure from their clubs to withdraw from his squad.
- Agence France-Presse
- Updated: November 20, 2020 09:54 PM IST
- Jose Mourinho feels Raheem Sterling will start against Tottenham
- Sterling withdrew from the England squad with an injury niggle
- The winger had earlier withdrawn from England's internationals in October
Jose Mourinho called on England boss Gareth Southgate to name the managers pressurising their players to pull out of international duty, as he suspects Manchester City's Raheem Sterling will be fit to start against Tottenham on Saturday. Southgate hinted several times during the recent international break that some players faced pressure from their clubs to withdraw from his squad. Sterling withdrew from the squad with an injury niggle which Southgate would not elaborate on, while Spurs striker Harry Kane played all-but 14 minutes of the Three Lions' two Nations League fixtures.
"Gareth Southgate, I read, supposedly told that some football club managers put pressure on their players not to play for the national team," Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
"And because of that, he feels the need sometimes to call club managers to try and cool down the emotions and cool down difficult situations for him."
"I would like him to say who. I would like him to say which are the coaches who put pressure on the players not to go. And I would like him to say which are the coaches that he calls and speaks on the phone with them."
Sterling also withdrew from England's internationals in October, but then scored the winner against Arsenal in the first match after the international break.
"We all know Sterling will play tomorrow," added Mourinho.
"When Eric Dier left the national team injured in the previous month, he didn't play two matches for Tottenham. He didn't play a Premier League match and a Europa League match."
"He needed a couple of weeks to recover and Raheem is going to play tomorrow. These are the little details I think Gareth should explain to us all."
City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Sterling took part in training for the first time since his injury on Friday.