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Mourinho worried for Spurs stars on international break

Mourinho said Harry Kane would play in their Europa League last-16 second leg against Dinamo Zagreb and urged England boss Gareth Southgate to avoid playing the striker in all three World Cup qualifiers.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday that Harry Kane would play in their Europa League last-16 second leg against Dinamo Zagreb and urged England boss Gareth Southgate to avoid playing the striker in all three World Cup qualifiers.

"Kane is going to play. The game is open and it's an important game so he plays for us," Mourinho told reporters.

"I cannot do Gareth's work. They have good communication I hope between them without me in the middle, they can find some compromise to protect the player a little bit."

Mourinho confirmed Son Heung-Min would miss the clash after he was withdrawn in the loss at Arsenal with a thigh problem and said he would not play for South Korea even though he was named in their squad.

"If a player is injured, it doesn't matter if it's a friendly or an official match," Mourinho added.