Gareth Southgate has named his initial England squad for the upcoming Nations League finals.
The Three Lions boss has chosen a pool of 27 players, although it will need to be cut down to 23 later this month,
Captain Harry Kane is among those included despite doubts over whether the Tottenham striker will be fit enough to feature.
Kane’s Tottenham teammate Harry Winks is also selected as he nears a return to fitness after groin surgery, while Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek misses out having suffered a serious-looking ankle injury during a friendly in America on Wednesday night.
Southgate explained his reasons for including Kane and Winks despite their injury problems.
He said: “For the likes of Harry Winks, he deserves to named in the initial squad. It is a case that he hasn’t played for a couple of months so we will have to see.
“That’s (Kane’s fitness) one of the unknowns. He’s 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.
“I don’t think we have had a time where we haven’t had a lot of pull outs but we have a really strong squad. We will know more by that date [May 27] but we can make changes after that date.”
Southampton forward Nathan Redmond is the most surprising inclusion in the squad.
Overlooked since winning his only England cap in March 2017, the 25-year-old scooped the Player of the Year double at Saints’ end-of-year awards after a fine campaign.
Saints teammate James Ward-Prowse is included, as is West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
Jesse Lingard and Joe Gomez return to the squad but there is no place for Manchester United’s Player of the Year Luke Shaw.
England play Netherlands in the semi-finals on June 6 and will then face Portugal or Switzerland in either the final or third-place game three days later.
As many as 11 of the squad will report for duty just three days before the opening game, due to their involvement in the Champions League and Europa League finals.
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Both finals are all-English affairs, with Arsenal and Chelsea clashing in Baku on May 29 in the Europa League showpiece and Liverpool and Tottenham meeting in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.
Southgate must name his final squad of 23 by May 27. In the event of injury, changes can be made until 24 hours before the first game.
Southgate believes the Premier League’s dominance on the European stage can only be a good thing for him and his team.
“In the long-term for England,” he continued, “it’s brilliant. All of these experiences are what this team hasn’t had before.
“It’s been an incredible couple of weeks for English football and we are looking forward to continuing that.”
Initial 27-man England squad for Nations League finals:
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Keane (Everton), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).
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