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United boss 'naive' to let Jones join England squad

Sports | Nov 17, 2017
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho criticized the England set-up after Phil Jones aggravated a thigh injury in

the friendly draw with Germany.

Players including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson withdrew from Gareth Southgate's squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil due to injury. But despite nursing a left thigh problem, Jones reported for duty, only for the 25-year- old defender to be forced off in the first half of the 0-0 draw against Germany at Wembley.

"I don't think it is possible for a player with a problem to play in a friendly," said Mourinho, who will be without Jones for tomorrow's trip to Newcastle in the English Premier League.

Mourinho said he had been "naive" to let Jones join up with England and suggested other clubs were being overprotective of their players. "Then, there are always the clubs where the managers are naive, too pure, and they say you have to go and they go and sometimes they pay the price."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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