Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he would rather not send his Spurs players out on international duty due to the recent fixture demands.
This comes after five Tottenham stars were called up to the England squad yesterday, namely Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier.
Spurs have struggled with injuries so far this season, so you can see why Pochettino would be against the risk of two extra games for his players.
The likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama, Luke Amos, Vincent Janssen, Hugo Lloris, and more have already been side lined at one point or another this campaign.
The timing also couldn’t be worse, as Tottenham are fighting through their five games in 13 days, which ends with Crystal Palace this weekend.
Dele, Dier, and Eriksen have all recently returned from injury and yet have all been called up for international duty.
The Daily Mail report Pochettino said: “Yes it is true if you said to me would you prefer all my international players stay here and rest for two weeks without competition, I would say yes.
“But that is impossible. That is why we were talking before about Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen and international duty.
“It is play, play, then move them there and play again. If you see our schedule for the next few months it will be so tough. How do you manage that?
“I understand we need to sacrifice some games for some players so they can cope with the demand in the future.”
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