Jose Mourinho hopes Tottenham players protected by international managers

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Harry Kane set to be called up by England manager Gareth Southgate despite busy period with his club

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho says he trusts England manager Gareth Southgate and his Welsh counterpart Ryan Giggs to protect his players.

Spurs will play their eighth game since September 13 when they travel to Manchester United on Sunday.

The Old Trafford game falls before an international break when countries play three games in a week.

“You know, I believe Gareth and [assistant] Steve [Holland], they care about the players, ”Mourinho said.

Mourinho has worked with Southgate Holland’s assistant at Chelsea, but says he will not ask England captain Kane to be rested by his country and is confident that international coaching teams will ensure the welfare of its players.

“I don’t think they want to be linked to something that can be a consequence of this week and the three international matches, which is obviously too much, especially for my players,” added the Portuguese.

“So I don’t speak with Gareth or even with Steve, and of course with Steve, I’m a really good friend. I just let them do the job however they want with the freedom they deserve.

“I haven’t spoken with Ryan Giggs either. I just leave them the respect they will have for their players. The players are our players but also theirs. “

Tottenham faced Newcastle United on Sunday and Chelsea on Tuesday ahead of games against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday and Manchester United on Sunday.

“Hopefully Gareth and Steve understand what happened with Tottenham this week and respect the players,” Mourinho added.

“It’s just my hope but I’m not going to call or ask or beg.” I’m not going to pressure. I think they deserve their freedom and I have the utmost respect for them. “

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