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

Aubrey Yates
May 18, 2019

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That group will be reduced to a 23-man party by Uefa's deadline on 27 May - before both the Europa League and Champions League finals - although minor tweaks can be made until the eve of the game against the Netherlands if players subsequently succumb to injury.

"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".

Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the UEFA Nations League finals.

"I don't think we have had a time where we haven't had a lot of pullouts but we have a really strong squad".

There is no place for Ruben Loftus-Cheek after sustaining a nasty-looking ankle injury playing in a friendly for Chelsea on Wednesday, while fellow midfielders Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse are involved again. Fabian Delph, John Stones and Joe Gomez will also be assessed having played relatively minor roles for their clubs over the past few months, while Dele Alli reported a minor hamstring problem on the final afternoon of the Premier League season.

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Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard did make it in.

There are no other surprises for players included in the squad, but Manchester United's left-back Luke Shaw has been left out, with Southgare saying the good form of Rose and Chilwell meant: 'We are blessed with so much talent in that department'.

"For our young English players it is great that they are playing in matches that really matter while under pressure and they are being really successful because that will help England in the long run", he added.

Overlooked since winning his one and 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.

England faces the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the inaugural Nations League in Guimaraes, Portugal on June 6.

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