Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused the England national team players for faking injuries in order to avoid playing in friendly encounters.
England squared off against Germany and Brazil in friendly encounters over the last fortnight or so but ahead of the two matches, a surprisingly large number of English players withdrew from the squad due to alleged injuries.
The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Danny Drinkwater among others, all pulled out of the English squad due to fitness related issues but Manchester United defender Phil Jones was included despite struggling with a thigh problem throughout the campaign.
Naturally, Jones picked up an injury during the clash against Germany and as a result, the defender is a huge doubt for Manchester United ahead of their encounter against Newcastle United this weekend.
United boss Jose Mourinho has understandably been left angered following Jones’ injury and the Portuguese manager has now gone on the offensive by blasting the English players who pulled out of the squad despite having only minor issues before also admitting that he was naïve in allowing his defender to report for England.
Mourinho said: “You have always some clubs where their players, they always have something. It could be a fingernail, he has a little flu, he has a problem with the little toe, and they withdraw, and they stay with their clubs and they have their holidays and they have their rest.
“Then, there are always the clubs where the managers are naive (holding up his hand to say ‘me’), too pure and they say you have to go and they go and sometimes they pay the price.
“I want to see this next weekend if the players that were not going to the national team, I want to see if they are going to play. (Danny) Drinkwater? (Fabian) Delph? The only one that is not playing is Phil Jones.”