Pochettino unhappy that Dier does not count as homegrown

Date published: Wednesday 13th September 2017 11:15

Mauricio Pochettino has accused UEFA of unnecessarily restricting his options for Tottenham’s Champions League squad.

Tottenham open their latest European campaign against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday, with two notable omissions from their squad.

Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen were left out when Pochettino named his 25-man squad, with the former still struggling with injury and the latter since being loaned out to Fenerbahce.

Pochettino is unhappy that England international Eric Dier is regarded as a ‘foreign player’ by UEFA, and therefore fills one of the 17 places available to non-homegrown players.

“It’s true that our problem was to have had 19 players that did not count as home-grown for the Champions League squad,” Pochettino said.

“It’s unbelievable that Eric Dier is not home-grown when he’s playing for England. That is so strange, no? It kills a little bit our possibilities.”

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