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Gareth Southgate says reports of a club versus country row is 'nonsense' after six players pull out through injury

Gareth Southgate has quashed any rumours of a rift between club and country. Photo: PA

Gareth Southgate has dismissed talk of a club versus country row as "nonsense" as he prepares for Friday's friendly against Germany with a depleted squad.

Tottenham trio Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks were forced out of the initial 25-man squad, with Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Jordan Henderson later withdrawing.

Kane withdrew from the squad on Monday after taking a knock during Spurs' win over Crystal Palace last weekend, but questions were asked about the severity of his injury when Mauricio Pochettino said he would be fit for next weekend's north London derby against Arsenal.

Harry Kane was one of six English players to withdraw from the squad through injury. Credit: PA

Speaking in a press conference, Southgate said: "We've had to change plans because there was so much uncertainty coming in but we've got the players we've got and I've really enjoyed the week.

"New players coming in - it's a great opportunity for us to look at them."

Asked if he was satisfied that all the players who had withdrawn were genuinely injured, Southgate said: "Yeah, absolutely.

"Harry Kane - I knew he was in trouble because he stayed down - Harry Kane doesn't stay down.

"Both him and Harry Winks were scanned, our medical department reviewed, and there is no way they're available for our two games. Spurs might risk them for the Arsenal game, that's a different matter.

"I hear this talk of club v country - it's nonsense. They are injured and they can't play."

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