Southgate calls up injured Kane
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named in England's squad for the National League finals despite being injured.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named in England’s squad for the Nations League finals despite being injured.
The Three Lions skipper has not played since picking up an ankle injury on April 9 when playing for Spurs in the Champions League.
Kane was ruled out for the rest of the season following the game with Manchester City but he will be given time to recover ahead of their Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands on June 6.
Kane’s Spurs team-mate Harry Winks has also been called up, even though he has not played since suffering a groin injury during the first leg of the City clash.
Southampton’s Nathan Redmond is the most surprising inclusion in the 27-man party, with his only cap coming back in March 2017.
Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek will miss out after he suffered an injury during Wednesday’s friendly against New England Revolution, while Callum Hudson-Odoi is also unavailable due to a knee injury.
England boss Gareth Southgate has named nine Champions League finalists in his squad and is expected to reduce his party on May 27 before his team flies to Portugal.
Southgate admits he does not know how fit Kane will be but is hoping to keep the door open for any players who are struggling after the Champions League final on June 1.
He told reporters: ‘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 [27 May] but we can make changes after that date.’