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Harry Kane in England squad for Nations League Finals

England captain Harry Kane was included by Gareth Southgate in his provisional squad for next month's Nations League Finals, despite facing a race against time to recover from injury.

Kane has not played since injuring ankle ligaments in the first leg of Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City on April 11. However, he is hopeful of being involved in Tottenham's first Champions League final against Liverpool on June 1.

"He's working towards being fit for them for their final. We've got to see how that progresses really," said Southgate.

"Clearly, he is a player we would want to give every opportunity to. His goalscoring record for us is phenomenally high and he's captain of the team.

"We are keeping that door open and we'll have to see how things progress."

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

Southgate will have little time to prepare for that match with players from Spurs and Liverpool, as well as Chelsea after their Europa League final against Arsenal, not joining up with the squad until June 3.

"Post-Champions League final, we are going to have to assess everybody. There is the physical aspect of that game, then the emotional fall-out," added Southgate.

Southampton's Nathan Redmond is the new face in Southgate's provisional 27-man squad, while Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi miss out due to injury. - AFP


PROVISIONAL ENGLAND SQUAD:

* GOALKEEPERS: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

* DEFENDERS: Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, (both Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire (both Leicester City), John Stones, Kyle Walker (both Manchester City), Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier (both Tottenham Hotspur)

* MIDFIELDERS: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Winks (all Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond (both Southampton), Declan Rice (West Ham), Fabian Delph (Man City), Jesse Lingard (Man United)

* FORWARDS: Marcus Rashford (Man United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Raheem Sterling (Man City)

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