Jose Mourinho goes for Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate as he demands answers on WHY Raheem Sterling pulled out of England duty but is fit for Man City – and which bosses get special treatment
- Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho hit out at Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate
- Mourinho is searching for answers after Raheem Sterling withdrew for England
- Despite the injury scare, Mourinho believes the star will feature against his side
- Top flight managers were concerned with their players’ international workload
Jose Mourinho has demanded that Gareth Southgate explain why Raheem Sterling pulled out of England duty due to the Tottenham boss’ firm belief the winger will feature against his side on Saturday.
The two tacticians have jousted verbally in recent weeks with Mourinho left irritated by the treatment of his players on international duty due to concerns over mounting injuries.
And despite Southgate revealing his players were under pressure to manage their international workload ahead of England’s dead rubber clash with Iceland, Mourinho is keen for more answers.
Jose Mourinho demanded Gareth Southgate to explain Raheem Sterling’s absence for England
The Three Lions boss says his players are pressurised to manage their international workloads
Mourinho even appeared to turn on his old rival Pep Guardiola during a fiery press conference when questioning the decision behind Sterling’s absence.
He said: ‘Of course we all know that Sterling is going to play tomorrow.
‘When Eric Dier left the national team injured in the previous month, he didn’t play two matches.
‘And Raheem is going to play tomorrow. These are the little details that I think Gareth should explain.’
Sterling had left the England squad during the recent break as a precaution due to a calf strain
But Mourinho believes that old rival Pep Guardiola will field Sterling against his team tomorrow
Sterling left Southgate’s group as a precaution after a calf strain sparked an injury scare.
City were initially sweating on the fitness of their star forward after the setback, but the strain is not said to be too serious and Sterling is expected to be available for selection.
Dier picked up a hamstring strain while away with England in October, however, a situation which infuriated Mourinho after his desire for his players to be handled with caution was made clear.
His latest stormy comments hint at his belief that Sterling was afforded his absence in order to keep him fit for City’s crunch clash in north London.
Mourinho was angry after Eric Dier suffered a hamstring strain last month while with England
Talisman Harry Kane, Harry Winks, and Eric Dier all played prominent roles for England in their triple-bill of fixtures against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.
Mourinho targeted international action with a thinly-veiled dig recently via another memorable Instagram post, with his ire directed at Covid-19 tests after matches and having to train with just six players.
He had admitted earlier this month that he expected only ‘negative things’ to come from the latest round of games.
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