England's Nations League squad announced and Harry Kane is on the plane

Ross Houston
May 18, 2019

England can take just 22 players to the Finals, so there will be a cut-off at some stage, but with so many absences for the squad's first two training camps, Southgate believes it's the right approach. It's the biggest challenge of all to compete against each other, then leave that at the door and remember with England we are a team, we support each other.

England captain Harry Kane was included by Gareth Southgate in his provisional squad for next month's Nations League finals despite facing a race against time to recover from injury. There is the physical aspect and emotional aspect of that final that we have to look at. We are just going to have to play it by ear because he is not going to have had a game prior to that point. Although we have had to play a few matches without him across the two years, I think he has started 14 of our last 21 or 22, so there are lots of times we have had to get results without him as well. "We will know more by that date (May 27) but we can make changes after that date".

Like Kane, Spurs team-mates Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Winks, as well as Reds trio Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold all face a quick turnaround to join the Three Lions in Portugal.

That said, England must reduce their 27-man squad by four players by 27 May, meaning there's still a chance Kane has been named ahead of being cut if he hasn't proven his fitness closer to the end of the month.

Redmond's colleague James Ward-Prowse is also part of the squad.

Youngsters Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell are also included along with Premier League winners Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, John Stones and Fabian Delph.

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard did make it in.

Overlooked since winning his one and only England cap in March 2017, the 25-year-old scooped Southampton's player-of-the-year double after a fine campaign.

Southgate said that Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek would have been involved, and described Loftus-Cheek's injury as looking, "serious".

Southgate's team will face the resurgent Dutch in the second semi-final in Guimaraes on 6 June, 24 hours after Portugal and Switzerland meet in the first semi-final in Porto.

"It is a really good opportunity for Nathan".

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