The tug-of-war between Tottenham Spurs coach Jose Mourinho and England manager Gareth Southgate over Harry Kane’s game time continues to take centre stage.
Southgate recently said Mourinho must look after Kane as the European Championships are around the corner, saying: “It works both ways.”
In response, Mourinho urged the England coach not to over-play his Spurs star player in the Championships triple-header against Wales, Belgium and Denmark this month while promising that Kane will not be involved in Tottenham’s friendly matches.
Kane proved why both coaches want him to remain fit and available for all the matches as he scored a hat-trick and set up another goal in Spurs’ 7-2 victory over Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League on Thursday in what was the London-based club’s third match in just five days.
‘The Special One’ with several Premier League (PL) coaches expressed concerns over their players’ fitness levels ahead of the upcoming October international fixtures.
“What I can promise to my friend Steve Holland [England assistant coach] and for Gary [Gareth Southgate] not to be jealous, for my friend Gary, I can promise that until the end of the season I don’t play Harry Kane one minute of any friendly match,” said Mourinho with tongue-in-cheek.
“His match was a fundamental match for us. A match that means a few million pounds and means that we are in a group phase of a competition that we have ambitions,” concluded the Portuguese tactician.
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By FARPost Reporter