England manager Gareth Southgate plays down significance of Nations League glory

Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond has played once for England in March 2017 Credit

Loftus-Cheek hurt his ankle playing for Chelsea in a friendly against New England Revolution in Boston and reportedly faces a long spell on the sidelines, ruling him out of the Europa League final against Arsenal. "We're keeping that door open and will see how that progresses".

England captain Harry Kane has been included amongst a host of UEFA Champions League finalists for the semi-final UEFA Nations League. There is the physical aspect and emotional aspect of that final that we have to look at.

But the England manager is a firm believer that Three Lions football should be free-to-all at a time when Champions League viewing is also affected by the fact it is only on BT Sport.

"The current squad is definitely good enough to win it and I think Southgate has done a tremendous job with them, and he has utilised the young talents coming through very well".

"Although it makes our preparation a bit more complicated, that is a challenge that we have to deal with as a group of staff".

Surprise inclusions include Harry Winks, Kane's Spurs teammate, and Southampton's Nathan Redmond.

The England manager will need to shorten the squad down to 23 players by 27 May.

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

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are Manchester United's only representation in the squad, though Arsenal have no players named, and Chelsea have had only Ross Barkley called up.

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

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.

Having topped a Nations League group which included Spain and World Cup runners-up Croatia, England are set to face the Netherlands in the semi-finals on 6 June.

'We know the individual players really well, so we can sense when they are feeling in the right place and when they are not.

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