Fabio Capello insists he does not have a problem with Harry Redknapp - or any other Premier League manager.
After Steven Gerrard was called down to Watford for an assessment, even though Liverpool has already declared him unfit for last month's friendly with Spain in Seville, Capello risked the wrath of Redknapp with his treatment of Ledley King.
The England coach welcomed King into the Three Lions fold for under 24 hours before he was released due to his chronic knee condition, ruling him out of Saturday's friendly against Slovakia and next Wednesday's World Cup qualifier with Ukraine.
Redknapp could scarcely conceal his disappointment at King being selected in the first place. However, while Capello insisted he was well within his rights, he has no axe to grind with the Tottenham boss.
"There is no problem with Redknapp," said Capello.
"It is his right to talk.
"Overall there is good communication with the other managers. I met three coaches when I saw Manchester United's game with Inter Milan and spoke about players.
"But I think I should be able to check all my players. I did it with Steven Gerrard last time and I wanted to do it with Ledley King this time.
"He was not injured when he played for Tottenham last week and it was important for me to speak with him and hear what my own medical people say."
Capello is annoyed that Redknapp chose to make an issue of King when Alan Hutton did not even merit a mention when he was called up by Scotland, despite making just one reserve-team appearance after a four-month absence with a foot problem.
"Harry Redknapp has spoken about the England team but Alan Hutton is in the Scotland squad after being out for a number of months but that has not been mentioned," said Capello.
"I do not understand why this is the case."
Although Tottenham have opted not to respond publicly, club officials are unhappy at Capello's stance.
In pointing out that there had hardly been any contact with the FA in the build-up to King being chosen in Capello's 24-man squad on Sunday night, they also revealed Scotland boss George Burley had been in regular contact and had already reached an agreement with Redknapp over Hutton's position within the Scotland squad.