Jose Mourinho slams two England players whilst naming his Three Lions starting XI ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia on Sunday.
The Portuguese manager has launched another dig at Luke Shaw by saying he ‘wouldn’t think twice’ about playing Ben Chilwell ahead of him at left-back for England.
He publicly had quite the awkward relationship with Shaw during his time in charge at Premier League side Manchester United, once claiming the defender was ‘playing with my brain’ because he needed constant instructions from the touchline.
Shaw admitted he endured a ‘very hard time’ under Mourinho but has since recovered his confidence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and claims a place at the Euros off the back of an excellent season for United.
But while Jose admitted there has been an ‘evolution’ in Shaw’s game, he said he wouldn’t hesitate to play Chilwell if he were in Gareth Southgate’s shoes.
‘Left back I would go with Chilwell, I wouldn’t think twice,’ Mourinho told talkSPORT.
‘I know that he plays normally at Chelsea with five [in defence] but he is intelligent, he covers the space and the diagonals inside very well.
‘He is dangerous in attack, he is good in the air, he is good at set-pieces, he can defend well the possible long build-up from Croatia in the first phase.’
After being asked why he wouldn’t pick Shaw, Mourinho added: ‘No, I think he has had a good season. Clearly an evolution in terms of emotion and professionalism.
‘But I think Chilwell has something more, especially with the ball, the way he thinks and how he is calm under pressure. I like Chilwell.’
Mourinho claimed that Shaw’s team-mate Marcus Rashford ‘looks completely lost’ when he played on the right side of an attack.
Rashford can often be seen playing on the left side for Man Utd, but occasionally occupies different roles for his country and Mourinho reckon Jack Grealish is a better option for England on the left.
‘Grealish is untouchable, the best position for Grealish is coming in from the left, which creates a situation for me because Rashford can only play there,’ he said.
‘When he plays on the right he is completely lost.’
Mourinho has admitted that he likes Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips, stating he is a more likely candidate to start against a strong Croatia outfit, as a more defensive option, and would get the nod if he was Southgate.
For that reason, Mourinho left Rashford out of his starting XI, going for Grealish, Phil Foden and Mason Mount to play behind Harry Kane in England’s attack.
“In midfield, there is a player that I love but maybe I wouldn’t play him in the first game, which is Bellingham,” Mourinho said.
“I think he has fantastic potential. To play with Rice, I would say Bellingham is perfect but maybe, this first game, maybe Kalvin Phillips with Rice.
“Maybe. In here, I’d have doubts because Bellingham is the perfect second midfielder to play with a guy like Rice.”
This is Jose Mourinho’s first day with talkSPORT, linking up with the specifically for the Euros before managing Roma next season.
“As a football man I always look to football,” Mourinho said. “I look very, very much forward to it because I believe it’s going to be something new and something incredible. I am totally absorbed by football. I just love to work. In this moment I’m not working for a week and I’m missing it already.”
He added: “talkSPORT is the fan’s station and I can’t wait to join in. The Euros will be a fantastic tournament and talkSPORT will capture all the excitement for fans. In my discussions with the team, I can feel their excitement for the Euros. I am thrilled to be part of it.”
Fans gave their reaction as Mourinho slams two England players whilst naming his Three Lions starting XI…
@HLaykan: He didn’t lie though, did he? This is a common sense by the way, nothing to be shocked about
@AustinIdigo: Of course you’re a chelsea fan, nothing to be shocked about
@Siddhant_mufc: Jose trying to stay relevant!!
@robnewman10: @Mod1nho haha what a surprise
@CFC_Benjamin19: Chilwell defends better
@levi3elvis: I would definitely pick the LB who just won the UCL over one who just bottled the Europa league.
@TheRampantRedss: Mourinho absolutely despises Shaw because he proved him so so wrong and he can’t handle it
@_FutboIOscar: Just admit you were wrong mf!
@racquetcollecta: Chilwell played a huge part in winning the Champions League and I still think there is more to come from him, Shaw has had one good season in years
@youtwoha: I mean… We’ve seen José fired from the last two teams he managed because of shite decisions… So there’s that. Shawzy is on a roll.
@ManUtdMaverick: Sour much? The evolution of Shaw under Solskjaer’s tenure has been eye-opening. As once a potential sale target for Mourinho’s United; he’s now become PL best LB and yes, he’s better than Chilwell. Realisation for Jose that ‘cold’ mgmt isn’t always best for motivation.
@MUFCJosh98: Obviously he’d say that because he was too inept to get the best out of Shaw and he’s been bitter about it ever since
@dollin_boy: And this is why he’s now in Italy
@MoneyXMase: I don’t get why people think Shaw is miles clear of Chilly.
Shaw is better. But it’s not far off.
@skmcr1: Shaw in terms of chance creation has been much better than chilwell this season
@OhYesNdidi: TalkSport know what they’re doing here 😂
@UtdSamm: He still doesn’t like shaw?
@nirmalyabasu5: I really hate this guy now. To arrogant to ever admit his mistake. Look where he is now heading to, downhill.
@RashidSibiya1: 25 trophies, millionaire, doubt he’s heading downhill nirmaly
I’m really surprised he didn’t pick Shaw… pic.twitter.com/ZwctpHcgYQ
— Chris France (@chrisdfrance) June 11, 2021
This cut him deep lol! pic.twitter.com/ySyfgOxA6v
— Josh (@JMcB_UTID) June 11, 2021
Nah mate jose knows ball pic.twitter.com/3tXUHRvMyW
— 🏆Champions of Europe🏆 (@Akh_Aqeel) June 11, 2021
Couldn’t even make team of the year
— Decaf🔴🔰 (@AustinIdigo) June 11, 2021