Mourinho blasts England, accuses other clubs over injuries

Date published: Thursday 16th November 2017 9:00

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at England for playing Phil Jones in a friendly.

Jones played 25 minutes in England’s first friendly of two during the international break, and had to be substituted against Germany through injury.

He is now expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks for United, and Mourinho is not happy.

“I don’t think it is possible for a player with a problem to play in a friendly,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“Of course, Phil Jones had a problem. He was having a problem for three weeks, he’s having problems that are stopping him to play for his club and then he plays for his club in extreme conditions because it’s a big match against Chelsea.

“And then he goes to the national team and he comes home with an ongoing injury that everyone knows is an ongoing injury.

“You have always some clubs where their players, they have 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 mangers are naive, too pure,” at which point he held his hand up, “and they say you have to go and they go and sometimes they pay the price and 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. Drinkwater? Delph? The only one that is not playing is Phil Jones.”

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