Jose Mourinho says he’s only expecting ‘negative things’ from upcoming international break… but Tottenham boss admits he’d ‘love’ Harry Kane and his stars to be rested for friendlies amid fixture pile-up
- Jose Mourinho is less than impressed at the upcoming international break
- The Tottenham boss is keen to see his star players rested amid a fixture pile-up
- Mourinho assumed the UEFA Nations League would take away friendly games
- England name their squad on Thursday and many in Spurs’ squad could be called
Jose Mourinho is fearing the worst once again as another round of international football looms on the horizon.
England will name their squad on Thursday for Nations League fixtures against Belgium and Iceland, and a friendly against the Republic of Ireland.
But Mourinho questioned the need for more friendly games this month when he expected the advent of the UEFA Nations League to spell the end of friendlies.
Jose Mourinho has revealed that he only expects ‘negative things’ from the international break
Mourinho ‘would love’ to see star striker Harry Kane (right) given a rest on England duty
‘I don’t think any player recharges in the national teams,’ said the Spurs boss, still smarting after Eric Dier returned with an injury after England duty last month. ‘From the national teams, I’m never expecting good things. Only negative things.
‘The players who go to national teams, I know they’re going to play them and the training process is different to ours and the second day of recovering is a day of work.
‘Never good things come from national teams, never.
‘I thought with Nations Cup there were no friendly matches but there are still friendlies to play which I don’t understand.’
Eric Dier returned from England duty injured last month to the annoyance of Mourinho
The Spurs boss did admit he sympathises with bosses like England’s Gareth Southgate
Mourinho did have some sympathy for international managers such as Gareth Southgate.
‘They do their job and one day if I get a national team job I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be easy,’ he said. ‘To win even the Nations Cup, I will never be critical of any manager that wants to play with their best players.’
But he urged Southgate to consider the workload on his Spurs players, who will play on Sunday before the Irish come to London for a friendly, four days later.
‘They have to think about the players, and make a difference between the players who play Saturday and Sunday,’ said Mourinho.
‘We play Thursday and Sunday. If you ask if I expect my players to be rested in friendly matches, I’m not expecting but I’d love it.’
Gareth Bale is back playing games and he could be roped into upcoming friendlies for Wales
Hugo Lloris (left) is Tottenham and France No 1 and may well not be given a rest by his country