England manager Gareth Southgate has claimed that rumours of a row between the national side and Premier League clubs are "nonsense".
Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane and Harry Winks were forced to pull out of the Three Lions squad ahead of their friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
Meanwhile Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, along with Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Spurs' Dele Alli, were unavailable for England ahead of the squad announcements.
"I am hearing this talk of club v country but it is a nonsense," Southgate told Sky Sports ahead of Friday's friendly against Germany. "The players are injured and cannot play.
"I knew Harry Kane was in trouble because he stayed down [in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace]. Harry Kane doesn't stay down [unless he is injured].
"I knew already we had a potential problem. Both him and Harry Winks were scanned. Both scans our medical department have viewed and no way they are available for our two games.
"Spurs might risk them for the game against Arsenal but that is a different matter.
"Having been a player I am not a manager who wants to wheel players out until they break, so I don't take risks with players. It's their livelihood, it's their career.
"As a manager, you have a duty of care to your players to make sure things are done correctly.
"The last two international weeks, every player that has gone back from here has been available to play for their club the following weekend."
- Gareth Southgate
- Tottenham Hotspur
- Manchester City
- Harry Kane
- Harry Winks
- Raheem Sterling
- Fabian Delph
- Jordan Henderson
- Dele Alli