Gareth Southgate has hit out at the “mess” he faces in trying to prepare his England squad for this summer’s Nations League finals.
England play Holland in Guimaraes, Portugal, for a place in the final, on June 6, just five days after the Champions League final in Madrid.
“It could be a mess,” said Southgate. “Let’s say two of our teams made it to the Champions League final, then we wouldn’t see them, at best, until the Monday before we play on the Thursday. So, ‘good luck with that’, as an Aussie coach I know says.”
Southgate added: “What a great opportunity to win something, and then you don’t actually get the team together.
“And with the emotion of that game, the Champions League final, can those players even realistically play on the Thursday night for us?
“We’ll have to work all of that out as that goes on. But, fundamentally, our preparation will be here [in England], broken up with breaks at home to give them space that they would all need, bar the players that will play to the very end.