English coach Gareth Southgate admits that the union of Tottenham and Liverpool players after the Champions League final will be a test of our management skills.
The Spurs and Liverpool will compete for first prize in European football on June 1, five days before the semifinal of the English League of Nations against the Netherlands. Football fans are ready to witness the final and they have got their tickets for the Champions League final.
“We need to do a quick but accurate assessment of the situation in recent days,” said Southgate.
“It will be a very individual thing to have played in such a big game.”
Southgate selected six players from Tottenham on Thursday for its first-ever 27-man squad for the first-ever finals of the League of Nations in Portugal. Three Liverpool players were also chosen.
This team must be reduced to 23 players before May 27 and if England beat the Netherlands, they would face Portugal or Switzerland in the final on June 9 in Porto.
“It will be the first time we will experience it,” said the coach. “We brought Jordan and Trent to camp last year after a big disappointment and it was not easy for them.
“So, unfortunately, someone will enter this state of mind. It’s a unique situation. I guess the Spanish manager would have had it over a period of time in the past [two of the last five finals have summer 100% Spanish] and there will be others who have had to deal with it.
“It’s a test of our management skills and our collective spirit as a team. It’s the biggest challenge of all to face each other, then to leave that at the door and remind us that, with England, we are a team, we support each other.
“That’s been a massive strength for us over the last 18 months.”
Neither Harry Kane nor Fabian Delph has played since their tackle injury in the first leg of the Tottenham Champions League with Manchester City on April 9.
Both were selected to the Southgate team and the manager insists that their collision with Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will have no consequence.