England Announce Squad For UEFA Nations League Finals

England Announce Squad For UEFA Nations League Finals

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. "I think he had a hard season past year but this has been a lot better".

Southgate must trim his squad to 23 before that game, but can make changes to the final line-up up to 24 hours before the semi final.

His one and only England cap came in a friendly match against Germany two years ago, but has enjoyed a fine campaign for the struggling Saints, picking up the Player of the Year double at Saints' end of year awards.

The former Norwich man qualifies for Ireland through his mother.

"Spurs might take a view that [Lucas] Moura scored a hat-trick and Son [Heung-min] played well so they keep Harry as an impact player", said Southgate, who has seen Kane score 17 times in 20 games under his management.

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

He added: "I think, in his mind, the Champions League final has always been the target, but it is based more that he has got 20-odd goals in 37 games for us".

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The England manager said that Redmond has a chance due to injuries, stating: "He's finished the season strongly and he looked good".

"So no, I don't think it is an absolute he has to play in Madrid or he is not ready five days later". But clearly he's a player we'd want to give every opportunity to. We are keeping that door open.

Both were chosen in Southgate's squad and the manager insists there will be no ramifications from their collision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

It is a reality check for the left-back, who ended the season in poor form.

'Those that lose might be ready to get out there and ready to fight and we just have to monitor that, but we have got to prepare with the rest as though we have none of them available and go from there and then make decisions as the guys start to arrive'.

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

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