Jose Mourinho hit out at Guardiola and Southgate as he demands for answers after Sterling withdrew from the England Squad.
Raheem Sterling joined up with England for the recent international triple-header. However, he did not feature against Ireland or Belgium and returned to City before Wednesday’s game against Iceland. Currently, the 25-year-old has missed his nation’s last six games.
The Tottenham coach, Jose Mourinho has awakened hostilities with his old foe, Guardiola, after accusing City of pressuring Raheem Sterling to withdraw from his England duty.
Mourinho demanded to know which players England coach, Southgate feels are under pressure to miss internationals with Spurs nearing to host a complete City side with Sterling in the squad.
“We all know Sterling is going to play”. Said Mourinho.
“When Eric Dier left the National tram injured last month, he didn’t play two matches for Tottenham. He needed a couple of weeks to recover. And Raheem is going to play”.
As a response, Guardiola was exasperated by the jibes. He said, “Mourinho has to speak to the doctor for the England national team and Manchester City. Except maybe Mourinho is a doctor. I don’t know”.
As a recall, ahead of the Iceland game with England, Southgate said he thought that with so many clubs involved in the title race, everyone was looking to “gain an advantage” and the players were “under huge pressure from their clubs”.
Mourinho added, “Gareth Southgate, I read, told how some clubs managers put pressure on the players not to play for the national team”.
“And because of that he feels sometimes the need to call club managers to cool down the emotions and control a difficult situation for him. I would like him to say who. Which coaches are putting pressure on the players not to play? I would like him to say which coaches he calls and speaks on the phone with?”
“These are the little details Gareth should say to all”.
Sterling was unavailable for international duty last month, ruled out with a hamstring injury, and yet stated City’s next game where he scored the only winning goal against Arsenal.
For Spurs’ Harry Kane, he started for England in the Belgium defeat and the win against Iceland making his 20th appearance this season.
“I’m ok with that”. Added Mourinho.
“He has the right to call the players he wants. He wants to win matches, even a dead rubber. The only problem for me is it should be the same for everybody. Apart from that, I support him in a country like England where the shirt is always to be respected”.
“In Harry’s case, he came back from the national team after playing 90 mins plus 75. But he was fine. He was not complaining with super-fatigue, just normal fatigue”.
“We are giving him everything we can to have him in top condition. And of course, he is going to play”.