Eric Dier is an injury doubt for England’s Nations League clash against Denmark on Wednesday night with a hamstring problem as Jose Mourinho’s worries are compounded amid Harry Kane issue
- Sportsmail understands defender Eric Dier is nursing a minor hamstring problem
- Wolves captain Conor Coady is set to deputise should the Spurs man sit out
- It will sound alarm bells at Tottenham in addition to the fitness of Harry Kane
- England boss Gareth Southgate quelled talk of tension with Jose Mourinho
Eric Dier is an injury doubt for England’s clash with Denmark on Wednesday night — news that is sure to irritate Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho.
Sportsmail understands the Spurs defender, who completed the full 90 minutes on Sunday as England beat Belgium 2-1, is nursing a minor hamstring problem.
Wolves defender Conor Coady is on standby to replace Dier in the heart of England’s back three if he cannot prove his fitness to boss Southgate.
Defender Eric Dier is an injury doubt for England’s clash with Denmark on Wednesday night
Wolves captain Conor Coady is set to deputise in defence should Dier not be fit for the game
The injury will sound alarm bells at Tottenham, after Harry Kane was introduced as a second-half substitute during the win over Belgium despite apparently being short of fitness.
Southgate moved to quell suggestions of tensions with Spurs over England’s handling of Kane, insisting his captain was merely complaining of muscle fatigue. Southgate is set to start his talismanic striker against the Danes tonight.
But Dier’s muscular complaint will add to Spurs’ and Mourinho’s frustration, particularly after the Portuguese pleaded with Southgate to be careful with his players ahead of the international triple-header.
Dier’s muscular complaint will add to Jose Mourinho’s problems given Harry Kane’s fitness
Kane is expected to start on Wednesday in one of three changes from the Belgium game
Kane’s return to the starting XI will be one of up to three changes to the team who started against Belgium.
Chelsea youngster Reece James is in line for his full debut in place of Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold at right wing-back, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles hoping to replace Kieran Trippier on the opposite flank.
Atletico Madrid’s Trippier was a shock withdrawal from the squad on Tuesday as he was given leave to attend a hearing in relation to his FA betting case.
Kieran Trippier has left the England squad to attend a hearing about alleged betting offences
Trippier was charged with misconduct earlier this year over alleged betting around his move to Atletico in July 2019.
‘I’ve known (about it), I spoke with Kieran last week and the situation is what it is,’ Southgate said.
‘We have had several pullouts over the last few months and this is another one that I’ve got to cope with.’
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