Gareth Southgate faces Jose Mourinho wrath after Harry Kane selection vs Iceland

Jose Mourinho will have been seeing red – and it had nothing to do with the favourite wine he imports from Portugal at £450 a bottle.

In fact, the Tottenham boss might even have choked on a glass of his 'Barca Velha 2004' once he saw the England line up Gareth Southgate had named for the visit of Iceland.

There in black and white was the one name he didn't want to see staring back at him. Harry Kane.

This might have been a Nations League dead rubber, but Southgate was being dead serious when it came to winning the game in a bid to gain some momentum and confidence heading towards next summer's Euros.

Kane was part of a strong starting XI that also included Jordan Pickford, Eric Dier and Jack Grealish, who started his third game in a week for the Three Lions.

This was Southgate sticking two fingers up to club managers like Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola who have derided international football at a time when some of the stars of the show have reached breaking point.

Those same managers who continue to flog those same stars to death in pursuit of their own success at club level. In the recent game between Manchester City and Liverpool, for example, Guardiola made one substitution and Klopp two, one of which was enforced due to an injury.

So why should Southgate care about the fact Mourinho has a huge game against City this weekend and Kane needs rest?

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Since Covid-19 sent football into meltdown in March, all Southgate has seen is those in the sport look after no-one but themselves. The football family? Don't make me laugh.

Southgate should – and will – do what's best for him, not a club manager. He's being paid handsomely to do his job, which is to win a major tournament.

The last time I checked, it was the England football team that provided our national sport with its most iconic moment.

Southgate's mission is to add another one to the history books, to give the whole nation something to celebrate and cherish next July.

If he has to be selfish to achieve this, then so be it.

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