Mauricio Pochettino hints at true feelings about England call-ups for a host of Tottenham stars

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The Spurs boss admits that international calls for players can be against the interest of clubs.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told the London Evening Standard that international call-ups for players can sometimes be "against our interests" but insists he would not blame any injuries on the national team.

A host of key players for Spurs were named in Roy Hodgson's England squad on Thursday for the friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands later this month.

Top scorer Harry Kane, central midfielders Dele Alli and Eric Dier, and full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, were all selected for the upcoming Three Lions double header after enjoying a fine season so far at White Hart Lane.

Although the Premier League takes a break for the international matches to take place, Pochettino is understandably concerned about relinquishing control of a key core of his high-flying side at such a crucial point in the season.

However, he admitted that the interests of the club have to be balanced with the interests of individual squad members, and also suggested that any injury issues his players might suffer whilst away could not be blamed on Hodgson or the England set-up.

The Argentine told the Standard: "When [the players] have international opportunities and a chance to play and prepare for the European Championships, it’s difficult because they have interests, and sometimes these are against our interests.

"It’s football, it’s important for us to trust them and for them to trust us. When a player is injured, it’s an accident.The staff in the national teams have the quality and capacity to look after the players but it is difficult to stop accidents. It’s not what you want but it happens.

"We have contact with the staff from the national teams. We need advice and information but we never say ‘You need to do this or that’. I am happy with our communications with the national team. They listen to us. The most important thing is that the players feel we care, both the club and the national team."

Losing any players to fitness worries over the upcoming break would be a huge blow to Spurs' chances of a first Premier League title.

Pochettino's side are already five points off the pace of Leicester City with just eight matches to go, and the manager will want all of his options available as the North London club look to fire on all cylinders in the remaining months of the season.

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