England manager Gareth Southgate insists there is no clash of interests between the national side and the Premier League clubs
SHOWS: BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 9, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND MANAGER, GARETH SOUTHGATE, SAYING: "I'm hearing this talk of club v country. It's a nonsense. The players are injured and cannot play. So what I will never do is put a player... you know with some of the players it's 100 percent clear there's a scan, with a couple of other lads that have been in there's ongoing injury issues with them. I have man-to-man discussions with them around where are you at with it, how much risk do we want to take. Having been a player I'm not a manager that wants to just wheel players out until they break so I don't take risks with players; it's their livelihood it's their career. If we're in a cup final or a critical game maybe we have a really open conversation but I think as a manager you have a duty of care to your players to make sure that things are done correctly." STORY: England manager Gareth Southgate dismissed reports of a club-versus-country row over players' fitness at a news conference on Thursday (November 9). England are preparing for friendlies against Germany and Brazil after a spate of withdrawals due to injury. Tottenham Hotspur trio Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks were ruled out of the initial 25-man squad for the coming days' fixtures, and Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have since also pulled out However, on Wednesday (November 8), Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said his top scorer Kane would be fit for the Premier League trip to Arsenal on November 18, suggesting there could be a rift with the national team. Asked if he was satisfied that all players who had pulled out were genuinely injured, Southgate was adamant that they should not be risked against Germany or Brazil. The former Middlesbrough manager added that the depleted squad meant he had the chances to introduce new faces ahead of next year's World Cup. Youngsters including Tammy Abraham, Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all received their first call-ups to the senior squad. England host world champions Germany at Wembley on Friday (November 10) and Brazil four days later.