Mauricio Pochettino has conceded there is nothing he can do if England decide to call up Harry Kane despite his injury problems.
The striker will miss tonight’s game against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, but he could well be fit for Sunday’s all-important trip to Arsenal.
If he does make an appearance at the Emirates, it could tempt Gareth Southgate to call him up for next week’s England game against Scotland, a move which would be far from ideal for Spurs.
The Lilywhites have been nursing him for almost two months since he sustained ankle ligament damage in the 1-0 win over Sunderland, and they’re now desperate for his return with the goals drying up.
At present, Southgate is planning to start Kane in the Scotland game as long as he’s fit, as there’s a huge amount riding on winning it for the interim manager – if the Three Lions were to lose or even draw, it’s difficult to see him getting the job on a permanent basis.
Pochettino admits if Kane is called up, Spurs aren’t able to stop him going, though fans will be praying he doesn’t suffer another knock.
“If he is available then it will be difficult for us to stop him if the national team call,” he said, as per the Daily Mail.
“It is up to the manager of the national team to select him or not. We cannot stop that.
“If Harry is available then it is if Gareth wants to select him.”
Kane isn’t expected to complete a full training session until Thursday, but Pochettino insists he won’t be playing any games to stop England from knocking at the door.
The club could ‘prolong’ his injury by not selecting him against Arsenal and pretending he wasn’t ready, but the Spurs manager insists he wants all of his players to play for their national sides.
“No, I wouldn’t not select him just to keep him here,” he added.
“We are pro-national team always for all the players. If Harry is available we are not stupid to say no to try to protect him so that after two weeks he can be with us.”