Jose Mourinho has slammed England's treatment of defender Phil Jones after the Manchester United defender was forced to take anaesthetic injections to play the Three Lions' friendly against Germany during the recent global break. Phil Jones was injured Wednesday and obviously, he is injured for tomorrow.
Phil Jones was forced off having aggravated a thigh injury, and the details regarding how it came about suggest that some odd decisions were made.
When asked whether he had spoken to Southgate, Mourinho replied: "No, I'm just telling a fact".
Moreover, the manager was unable to explain why his player was forced to take six injections in order to be fit for a game of little significance. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up.
'In 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly.
In particular, the Tottenham trio of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks withdrew from worldwide duty yet should play in the north London derby against Arsenal this lunchtime.
Mourinho conducted a newspaper interview on Wednesday in which he expressed his frustration at the national team's use of Jones and described himself as "naive" in comparison to other coaches who withdraw players carrying injuries from global selection. To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that.
The Portuguese manager had played Jones in important fixtures against Chelsea and Tottenham despite his injury, but was astonished that Gareth Southgate and the England medical team allowed the 25-year-old to play.
"I have nothing more to say".
Pogba has been out for three months with a hamstring injury, while Rojo and Ibrahimovic have been out for seven months.
Mourinho revealed Ibrahimovic will be on the bench against Rafael Benitez's side while Rojo and Pogba could both start.
"I didn't like to speak while he was injured but you can clearly see Manchester United this season before Paul's injury and after Paul's injury", the United manager said.
'There are qualities in our football that influence our approach in matches.