England boss Gareth Southgate says he won’t back down in the club versus country battle he faces in the tight post-coronavirus football schedule.
With the pandemic affecting players and fatigue injuries mounting in the recent international window, tensions are high. Southgate, however, insists that players are keen to play for their country, but find themselves in a “difficult situation” with their clubs.
Ahead of last night’s Nations League clash with Iceland, he said: “They are under huge pressure from their clubs.
“In terms of the managers, there’s a power game the whole time whether that is phone calls, messages, press conferences - we know everything that goes on.”
With the Premier League resuming this weekend, Southgate, however, does understand the title race, adding: “We’re looking at six or seven clubs and there is huge pressure.”