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Graham Roberts reacts as Gareth Southgate comments on Tottenham star

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Graham Roberts reacts as Gareth Southgate comments on Tottenham star

Gareth Southgate has responded to Jose Mourinho’s comments over Tottenham Hotspur striker and England captain Harry Kane’s game time by suggesting Mourinho should rest Kane in April and May – and Graham Roberts has reacted on Twitter.

Kane, 27, has already played six times in all competitions this season – including away trips to Bulgaria and Macedonia. He will take that tally to eight by the time he meets up with England next week, as Spurs face Maccabi Heifa and Manchester United.

Mourinho has constantly complained over Tottenham’s incredibly hectic schedule, a schedule which has seen Son Heung-min pick up a hamstring injury. He urged Southgate and Steve Holland to take care when it comes to his Spurs players’ game time.

“You know, I believe that Gareth and [assistant] Steve [Holland], they care about the players,” Mourinho said, as per BBC. “I just let them do the job in the way they want to do it with the freedom they deserve.”

Kane, along with Eric Dier and Harry Winks, have been included in an England side which take on Wales, Belgium and Denmark in the space of six days between October 8 and October 14. Southgate, though, responded sharply to Mourinho.


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Speaking in his Thursday presser, Southgate said – as per The Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick:Jose was great, he was on good form. He won’t phone but he’s going to stand on top of Tottenham’s stadium and tell us [what to do].

“Jose needs to make sure in April and May he looks after Kane for us. Because there will be 55m people relying on that. It works both ways. He has never put us under pressure not to pick a player. He has always accepted that…his players are going to go.”


Southgate did confirm that the plan is not to start one player in all three matches, but did state that he may have to use the same player in all three games at some point – meaning Kane could come in and out of the starting line-up, but also used as a sub.

Spurs legend and former captain Roberts responded instantly on Twitter to Southgate’s comments, blasting the England boss and stating that England do not pay Kane’s wages – Tottenham do.

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