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Mourinho Kicks Against International Friendlies




Manchester United’s manager, Jose Mourinho, has voiced his opinion against national teams getting involved in friendly matches.

He told skyports that he was “totally against” international friendlies after Chris Smalling and Phil Jones picked up injuries on England duty.

Jones was forced to leave Gareth Southgate’s squad with a toe injury suffered in training after a challenge by Smalling, who pulled out himself with a leg problem after starting England’s friendly defeat in Germany.

Both defenders missed England’s 2-0 World Cup qualification win over Lithuania, leading Mourinho to question the need for mid-season friendlies.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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  1. frank igwebueze

    April 1, 2017 7:40pm at 7:40 pm

    Mourinho has always been a loose canon. He should be ignored

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