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England manager Gareth Southgate has refused to get involved after the recent comments made by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho over defenders Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling.

Mourinho insinuated that his players should be prepared to play through pain for their shirt, after Smalling and Shaw both missed the win over Swansea on Sunday.

Mourinho called out Smalling and Shaw’s mental toughness before kick-off, and it led to both defenders being left out of Southgate’s squad for the forthcoming games with Scotland and Spain.

Southgate’s decision clearly indicates that both are not fit for the games coming up, but the England boss was questioned on what he made of Mourinho’s comments on Sunday in South Wales.

“Our medical teams are very close, and we liaise closely. The decision with Luke to not play yesterday was a bit late and we are aware both players are carrying things (injuries),” Southgate told reporters on Monday.

“It is a club matter and it is not for me to comment on in terms of players playing with injury. In individual situations you need all the information to be able to comment.”

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Culled from Squawka

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