England Nations League squad announcement plus Gareth Southgate speaks to the media – Live – BBC Sport

England Nations League squad announcement plus Gareth Southgate speaks to the media - Live - BBC Sport

Four Man City players receive England call-ups

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Gareth Southgate has just announced the Three Lions squad that will be heading to Portugal for the UEFA Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.

The good news for England AND Spurs is that Harry Kane has been declared fit enough to travel with the rest of the squad.

Spurs fans can be forgiven for getting a bit giddy at Kane’s inclusion, with the decision all but revealing the striker will be fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League final.

England’s captain has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the start of April but his return to action appears to be on the horizon.

England qualified for the Nations League finals after memorable wins over Croatia and Spain – helping the Three Lions to top the group by a single point.

Southgate’s boys are now looking to become the inaugural winners of UEFA’s latest Frankenstein competition.

A tough looking semi-final against the Netherlands will take place on Thursday June 6, with the tournament concluding just three days later on Sunday June 9.

Should the Three Lions fail to get past Virgil van Dijk and co, then yet another third-place play-off would be on the agenda for Southgate’s side.

If England make it all the way to the final, they will face either Switzerland or host nation Portugal.

The manager named a 27-man group in advance of Junes inaugural finals in Portugal, although he will need to cut the number to 23 by 27 May.

Read more Redmond, overlooked since winning his one England cap in March 2017, recently won the Player of the Year double at Southampton.

The England captain Harry Kane has been selected by Southgate despite an ankle ligament injury which has kept him out since 9 April, and another Tottenham player, Harry Winks, has got the nod after groin surgery.

There is no place for Ruben Loftus-Cheek after he sustained a nasty-looking ankle injury playing in a friendly for Chelsea on Wednesday but his fellow midfielders Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse are involved again.

Southgate said of Redmond: I think he finished the season really well. I think the new manager [Ralph Hasenhüttl] has had a positive effect: a lot of pace, playing the high press and he has started to score more regularly.

The manager said Winks deserved a call-up and addressed Kanes fitness: Thats one of the unknowns. Hes working to be fit for the [Champions League] final. We are keeping that door open. We are going to look post-Champions League final. There is the physical aspect and emotional aspect of that final that we have to look at.

Show Hide Initial squad for Nations League finals Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford.

Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders Ross Barkley, Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks.

Forwards Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Nathan Redmond, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson. 

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