Ledley King sat out training with England on Tuesday amid a growing row over his inclusion in Fabio Capello's squad for the games against Slovakia and Ukraine.
The Spurs captain reported for international duty with the rest of Capello's squad in Hertfordshire but he, alongside Peter Crouch and Shaun Wright-Phillips, did not take part in the first training session ahead of Saturday's friendly meeting with Slovakia.
King was named in an England squad for the first time under Capello despite the defender being hampered by a chronic knee problem.
The 28-year-old's training regime has to be carefully monitored by Spurs' medical staff and King is normally unable to play in two successive games.
Should he play in next Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley then he is likely to miss Tottenham's league game against Blackburn Rovers the following Saturday.
The Football Association have already promised to "take no chances" with the player's fitness, but Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is unhappy with the timing of his skipper's call-up.
"Ledley hardly trains and has to be nursed through every week," he said. "I really can't see the sense in this.
"It's pointless. If he plays against Ukraine there's no way he can play on the Saturday against Blackburn."