England manager Gareth Southgate says clubs are putting 'huge pressure' on players
England will be without Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling for their final Nations League match against Iceland at Wembley on Wednesday, while Ben Chilwell is being assessed for a back problem - Joe Gomez also picked up a serious injury while on international duty with the Liverpool defender potentially out for the season.
England's defender Eric Dier (L) and England's head coach Gareth Southgate leave the pitch at the end of the UEFA Nations League football match between Belgium and England, on November 15, 2020
"They are under huge pressure from their clubs. That is going on in the background, for sure," Southgate told reporters ahead of England's final Nations League group match against Iceland.
"That is the landscape, whether it is made public or not. That is the reality. It manifests itself in different ways but that is what happens."
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England will be without Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling who picked up injuries on international duty while Ben Chilwell is being assessed for a back problem.
However, Southgate said he empathised with club managers as the Premier League title race is more open than before.
"We do not just have two or three clubs in the title race any more, we're looking at six or seven clubs in England and there is huge pressure on every result," he added.
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"Everybody is looking to try and gain an advantage and if they feel someone else is getting an advantage, they want to make sure their voice is heard as well.
"In terms of the managers, there's a power game the whole time whether that is phone calls, messages, press conferences -- we know everything that goes on. Everybody is inevitably going to fight their own corner."