Thomas Tuchel has made mockery of England’s decision to inlude Reece James in the their squad, saying “I thought maybe Reece was called up to the England water polo team because he trains in the pool.”
James was named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for October’s World Cup qualifiers despite limping off against Manchester City last weekend and missing the midweek trip to Juventus.
Tuchel believes the call-up must be a “misunderstanding” with the defender not in full training, and does not expect him to play for England, while James will also miss Chelsea’s match with Southampton on Saturday.
“I thought maybe Reece was called up to the England water polo team because he trains in the pool,” Tuchel said.
“I was a bit surprised, but I understand he was selected. This will not happen, because he’s training in the pool. It can only be a misunderstanding.”
Asked if anyone from England had got in touch before James was named in the squad, Tuchel replied: “Imagine if every international coach calls the [club] coach? Nobody could reach me anyway. The club is in touch, and [Chelsea technical director] Petr Cech sorts these things out. It can happen.”
Diego Costa has been named as the footballer involved in an alleged betting scandal being probed by police.
The 32-year-old striker, currently playing for Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro, has been identified by national press in his homeland as the one of the people being investigated by detectives in his home state of Sergipe.
Police are yet to confirm the identities of those they believe are involved in the alleged wrongdoing.
But they have said that an unnamed footballer is one of the suspects under investigation.
Detectives went public with their operation on Thursday, saying they were probing the practice of alleged crimes, including money laundering and foreign exchange fraud involving online betting site Esportenet.
Unconfirmed local reports asserted Spanish international Diego Costa’s home was among the properties that had been searched.