Gareth Southgate has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s pleas for England to rest Harry Kane.

Southgate tried to turn the tables on Mourinho and told him the whole nation is relying on Tottenham not to wreck Kane’s chances of being fit for the Euros next summer.

Spurs boss Mourinho made a public plea to limit Kane’s game time with England ahead of the Wembley treble header with Wales, Denmark and Belgium on top of Tottenham’s hectic fixture list of nine games in 22 days.

But England boss Southgate said: “All Jose needs to do is make sure in April and May that he has to look after Harry Kane for us because there are 55million people relying on that.

"That obviously works both ways.

“Jose was great, he was on good form. I heard him say it, he won't phone but he will stand on Tottenham's stadium and tell us, so that is good.”

Southgate has made things clear for Mourinho

Southgate added with a grin: “I am a bit disappointed that I am not one of his friends, Steve (Holland) is, but in fairness I have had a pretty good relationship with him for a while.

“Jose has never ever put me under pressure not to pick a player. That is 100 per cent the case, he has always accepted that international football where his players are going to go.

"He has never once asked me not to select a player.

“We are certainly not looking to start players in all three games, but I can't guarantee that no player will play no minutes off all three games.

The England boss made his point

"Our aim is to manage the squad, we have got to be responsible, we are conscious of the welfare of the players.

“The life of an England manager is very complicated in terms of we have huge clubs, huge personalities, hugely successful managers who have achieved a lot in the game.”

Southgate did also drop a hint on a recall for 33-year-old Jamie Vardy who has scored five goals in his first two games. The England boss revealed he has been in regular contact with Vardy who stepped away from international football after the 2018 World Cup.

Vardy is among the goals at the start of the season

Southgate added: “We know that Jamie is still around and we still communicate a lot.

"I think at this moment in time we are in agreement that it’s good to keep looking at these younger players, he is 32,33.

“He has got a lot of football, he has a bit of an injury at the moment, I think.

But I’m not in any way ruling him out if it’s the right thing at the right time to bring him back into the fold.”

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