With the Premier League at a standstill, the players have been criticised in the British media over the last week for resisting calls from the clubs to accept wage deferrals and cuts to reduce wage bills.
Liverpool stretched their Premier League lead to 13 points by outclassing second-placed Leicester in a 4-0 win on Boxing Day as Manchester United and Tottenham cut the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea.
Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur won a 3-2 victory over West Ham United with goals from Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane.
Liverpool will be seeking its sixth European title when it faces fellow English club Tottenham on Saturday in Madrid.
Tottenham Hotspur thump Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium to give them the clear edge following the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie, while defending champions Real Madrid overcame a spirited Ajax, with little help from VAR.
Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with Barcelona, securing a point that put them through to the knock-out stages.
It has been 28 years since England were in a semifinal match of the World Cup and even longer since England have reached the finals of the World Cup. All that stands between them and this final is Croatia.
Gareth Southgate's young side face the Scandinavians in Samara with a place in the last four against either Croatia or hosts Russia up for grabs.
England edged Colombia 4-3 on penalties to halt a run of five successive shootout defeats at major tournaments and book a quarter-final match against Sweden at the World Cup.
Harry Kane had a hat-trick as England demolished Panama 6-1 to ease into the World Cup last 16 alongside Group G rivals Belgium.
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane sets a new record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year, scoring for the 37th time in 2017, against Southampton at Wembley.
Defending champion Germany beats Northern Ireland 3-1, continuing its record of nine wins from nine games. England secures its place thanks to Harry Kane's last-minute winner against Slovenia.
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