Tottenham v Liverpool Champions League final will be a test - Southgate

Nathan Redmond

Nathan Redmond has played once for England in March 2017 Credit

The striker has been missing through injury since 10 April after another ankle issue, but his selection for England suggests he will return to fitness in time for the Champions League final. He's working to be fit for the (Champions League) final. 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. Equally he could play in the final and not be right five days later for us.

"I think he's been playing well and he's been having a good season so maybe he is still harbouring hopes he is going to be picked for them", McCarthy said at the time. "We will know more by that date (May 27) but we can make changes after that date".

Gareth Southgate has got "the fans behind England again" and increased competition in the squad, according to former Three Lions worldwide Shaun Wright-Phillips. There was also no place for Burnley's James Tarkowski with Liverpool's Joe Gomez being preferred even though Southgate admitted he will have to monitor him as well as the City pair of John Stones and Fabian Delph as they have not played much for their clubs of late.

Southgate, who named his initial squad for the finals yesterday, is on the hunt for silverware next month when the Three Lions face Holland in the semi finals.

There is no place in the party for Manchester United's Player of the Year Luke Shaw, with Ben Chilwell and Rose taking the left-back slots while Delph offers further cover in that position.

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard did make it in.

The England manager said that Redmond has a chance due to injuries, stating: "He's finished the season strongly and he looked good".

"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 Southampton's player-of-the-year double after a fine campaign.

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