UEFA Nations League: Nine Champions League finalists included in

Carrie Guzman
May 18, 2019

Southgate has named an initial 27-man selection, which he will narrow down to a final 23 by 27 May.

"No matter how well you played, you knew that you were on the bench or you were just in the squad whereas now, it's keeping the competition so high in the England squad because people know that if you're playing well in the league and say scoring goals, you're likely to get the same chance to do that for England, so no-one's position is safe as such".

Harry Kane has been included despite the fact he is still recovering from an ankle injury, suggesting his comeback is on course. "Those Champions League nights that we've just had might have had five-fold the numbers so that's always a constant battle because we wouldn't have the quality of the Premier League without the money that is in it".

World Cup Golden Boot victor Kane is one of nine Spurs and Liverpool players included, with England playing Netherlands in the Nations League semi-final five days after the Madrid showpiece. It's the biggest challenge of all to compete against each other, then leave that at the door and remember with England we are a team, we support each other.

Southgate previously selected Henderson and Alexander-Arnold for the World Cup in Russian Federation last summer, with Gomez missing out through injury.

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Kane has not featured for Tottenham since injuring his ankle in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final victory over Manchester City last month. I remember talking to some young kids about the Ashes and them saying, "well, we haven't seen it".

Though England missed out on lifting the World Cup last summer, they have another opportunity for success this year in the inaugural Nations League finals.

Southgate was positive in how the impact of his players featuring in the Champions League and Europa League finals can have on his team in the future.

Tottenham's Harry Winks and Southampton's Nathan Redmond are the surprise editions in the Three Lions squad.

England's last match in March was a 5-1 win in Montenegro, but that European Championship qualifying match was overshadowed by racist chanting from some home fans directed at several England players, including Danny Rose.

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