Thomas Tuchel is shaming Gareth Southgate for calling up Chelsea’s injured defender Reece James.
Southgate selected the full back in his squad this week for England’s World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary – but that came as a shock to Tuchel, who ruled James out yesterday because he is not even back in training after an ankle injury.
Blues boss: “When I saw it I thought maybe Reece goes with the water polo team as right now he trains in the pool!
“I was a bit surprised… He was selected for the team but this will not happen because he is training in the pool. My last information is that he will not go. It can only be a misunderstanding and nothing else.”
Jose Mourinho criticised Southgate for not making contact with him when he was Tottenham manager because he didn’t want to talk about injured players.
Tuchel replied that Southgate was not in touch with him about James when he was asked: “No. Imagine if every national team coach calls!
“I am very bad at answering calls and emails. If nobody could reach me, I can’t go mad. But obviously the club is in touch.”
Southgate also called up Mason Mount despite the Chelsea midfielder missing his side’s last two games through injury.
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Tuchel, however, said: “Mason is back. It was a minor injury. It’s obviously a given that he is nominated.”
Southgate also ignored Chelsea full back Ben Chilwell who was snubbed by Southgate. He has been replaced by Marcos Alonso in the Blues team.
Tuchel stated: “He’s been a bit unlucky. But I can understand that he has to earn it with minutes. It’s not a big drama. I think we can accept it.
“There’s no need to worry about it. When he plays more minutes for us he will have the chance to be selected.”