Gareth Southgate has revealed that some Premier League clubs are withholding player data from the England management team.
And it’s strongly suggested that a certain Portuguese manager is one of the worst offenders.
Speaking ahead of England’s games against Scotland and France in June, Southgate hinted that some Prem managers are reluctant to share player data with the national team because they fear the information will be leaked to rival clubs.
He said: “We share our data, but we don’t always receive data.
“That’s where we would like to head towards, because it helps more around working out a training schedule when they first come into camp. But we can’t enforce it.
“That’s got to be an agreement, sharing, and at the moment some clubs are more comfortable with it than others.
“We’ve not got it from every club at the moment. One of the dangers, I guess, is the perception of it being leaked. I guess it’s just a case of building up trust.”
Mourinho may have some solid reasoning behind his concerns, with plenty of Southgate’s England staff working for United’s rivals, including assistant Steve Holland who previously worked for Chelsea.
According to reports, his main concern is that sensitive information could fall into the wrong hands, and be used against the Red Devils.
However, Southgate currently has no one in his backroom staff who also works in club football, with former Arsenal physios Gary Lewin and Ian Beasley leaving the Three Lions after Euro 2016, along with Sam Erith, Man City’s head of human performance.
City’s Mark Sertori and Gunners’ Takahiro Yamamoto are also gone.
Southgate has also reiterated that relationships between clubs and England are healthy, despite some players receiving injuries during international duty.
He said: “I never want to send players back injured. A couple of players were injured last time, but relationships are as good as they can be.
“They have these relationships in other countries too but in terms of data, there aren’t many countries that send the data back.
“We are open on that. Relations are as healthy as you could expect.”