Southgate talks to James before England squad announcement And informed that this right-back refused the call-up in order to get back on track to being fully fit again.
But Pochettino insists it was discussions between Chelsea and the FA that led to James not being in the squad. It is not the decision of the Blues captain himself ทางเข้า UFABET
Southgate has warned James of the risk of not qualifying for Euro 2024 after he opted not to join the national team for upcoming qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia.
James has just returned from a hamstring injury that required him to rest for two months. He has been having fitness problems lately.
Pochettino said: “It is never a player’s decision. It’s a matter of evaluation. Because of the medical team The sports science team, the coaching team, we have always been the ones making the decisions.”
“It’s not the players (making the decision) because the players can’t evaluate themselves. Sometimes they may feel something. But he wishes to play for the national team. And I think that’s right. It’s a good thing from the national team. and to communicate with the club to decide what is best for the players, the national team and for Chelsea as well.”
“But it’s not Reece’s decision. He wants to go. He wants to go. But I think it has to come in two parts.”
“The national team and club made the best decision for him and after all his problems. And now he’s starting to feel fit again.”
“I am happy he will be with us. Because I have 2 weeks to work with him again. And of course he will have the opportunity to join the national team again in the future.”