Harry Kane: Jose Mourinho and Gareth Southgate continue tug of war over Tottenham striker

Mourinho: "What I can promise to my friend Steve Holland and for Gary [Gareth Southgate] not to be jealous, for my friend Gary, I can promise that until the end of the season I don't play Harry Kane one minute of any friendly match."

Jose Mourinho told Gareth Southgate he would not play Harry Kane in Tottenham friendlies
Image: Jose Mourinho told Gareth Southgate he would not play Harry Kane in Tottenham friendlies

Jose Mourinho has responded to Gareth Southgate's comments regarding Harry Kane by promising the England head coach the striker will not be involved in Tottenham's friendly matches.

Kane scored a hat-trick and set up another goal as Tottenham eased through to the Europa League group stage with a 7-2 win over Maccabi Haifa in what was Spurs' third match in just five days.

A number of Premier League managers, including Mourinho, expressed concerns over their players' fitness levels ahead of the upcoming international fixtures.

Harry Kane celebrates scoring his second goal for Spurs against Maccabi Haifa
Image: Harry Kane celebrates scoring his second goal for Spurs against Maccabi Haifa

Mourinho previously said he hopes England's coaches "respect" his Tottenham players, but insisted he would not "call or ask or beg", and Southgate joked in response: "He won't phone, but he will stand on top of Tottenham's stadium and tell us."

Speaking after Thursday's win, Mourinho returned fire promising Southgate and assistant Steve Holland he will not play Kane in non-competitive Tottenham fixtures.

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"His match was a fundamental match for us. A match that means a few million pounds and means that we are in a group phase of a competition that we have ambitions," he said.

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"What I can promise to my friend Steve Holland and for Gary [Gareth Southgate] not to be jealous, for my friend Gary, I can promise that until the end of the season I don't play Harry Kane one minute of any friendly match."

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