Paul Merson asks a question of Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid on October 31,...

Harry Kane is not part of the England squad at the moment, but the Tottenham Hotspur striker could play against Arsenal in the North London derby next weekend.

England's Paul Merson crosses the ball during the Star Sixes football match between England and Spain at the O2 Arena in London on July 13, 2017.

Former Arsenal attacking midfielder Paul Merson has asked a question of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino in The Daily Star.

Merson has asked how Pochettino can say that Harry Kane will be fit for next weekend’s North London derby against Arsenal when he had to pull out of the current England squad.

Kane was initially named in England’s squad for friendly international matches against Germany and Brazil.

However, the 24-year-old striker had to pull out due to injury, but he could be available for next weekend’s North London derby.

Harry Kane #10 of Tottenham Hotspur reacts in the second half against Roma during the International Champions Cup on July 25, 2017 at Red Bull Arena  in Harrison, New Jersey.

Tottenham will take on Arsenal in the Premier League just after the international break, and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has been quoted as saying by The Daily Mail that Kane will be available for the match.

Former Arsenal star Merson has questioned how Pochettino can say that Kane will be fit for the match against the Gunners.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentine head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) congratulates his English striker Harry Kane for his hat-trick as he is substituted during the UEFA Champions League...

Merson wrote in The Daily Star: “All these players pulling out of Gareth Southgate’s squad have made England’s two friendly games totally meaningless.

“Did they pull out because it was Germany and Brazil? Were they afraid of getting beaten? I wonder how many of them who said they weren’t fit enough to play in these two games end up turning out for their clubs next weekend.

“If these had been qualifying games that England needed to win to get to the World Cup, would they have pulled out? No chance.

“So how can Mauricio Pochettino say Harry Kane will be fit to play against Arsenal next Saturday if he isn’t fit to play for England?”

Tottenham are third in the Premier League table at the moment, while Arsenal are currently sixth in the standings.

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