Gareth Southgate has disclosed private messages he exchanged with Jose Mourinho over a recent spat about Harry Kane.
The two managers are desperate to see the forward in tip-top shape but have different feelings over how.
Southgate wants Kane to be match-fit during the international break, as well as summer tournaments.
Whereas Mourinho wants him ready to face the mounting fixtures for Tottenham that are coming up, including grueling trips in the Europa League.
Kane is pivotal for both club and country and it saw Mourinho and Southgate rear heads.
One barb included the Spurs boss referring to Southgate as “Gary” after misunderstanding the short version of Gareth.
And the England coach revealed how Mourinho was quick to apologise to him in private.
“I have to say that he messaged me privately anyway to apologise,” Southgate said in a press conference on Wednesday.
“I knew because he has called me Gary before in a media conference a few years ago.
“Goodness me, we have coaches coming here who speak four or five languages so to get every nuance of that right, I have huge admiration of how they do that frankly.
“I have A levels in Spanish and French but that’s my limit.
“I have no issue with that as it all. I said to him: ‘There’s only one Gareth he has to get right, and that’s the one who will score all the goals for him this year’.
“So from my point of view, not an issue at all.”
Prior to this, Mourinho joked that Southgate could call him John to get his own back.
“When I told ‘Gary Southgate’, I promise, and I promise to him that I always thought with so many years [in] England that Gary was a short [for] Gareth,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“I called him Gary and I apologised to him, and I want to make that public because I only have respect [for] him and I thought I was being nice to him.
“So, he can call me John if he wants, and I will accept that.”