Kane included in England's Nations League squad despite injury


"This is a challenge we have to deal with as a group of staff", Southgate said, per BBC Sport.

Southgate plans to leave the England camp to attend the contest between Liverpool and Tottenham that could involve nine of the players he named in an extended 27-man squad on Thursday, giving him the opportunity to make a personal assessment of the players he then hopes can end that 53-year wait for a second worldwide senior trophy.

Southgate has admitted that preparations for England's semi-final clash against the Netherlands have been complicated by an all-English Champions League final.

England will face the Netherlands in the Nations League semi-final on Thursday 6 June, before facing either Portugal or Switzerland in the final or third place play-off three days later.

"That will be the first time we have experienced that", the coach told BBC Radio 5 Live. "We want to be in big matches", Southgate explained. It is a unique situation. I guess that depends on how Harry trains in the build-up to the game. "We're keeping that door open and will see how that progresses".

"It's a great opportunity for us to build on the last 12 months".

Neither Harry Kane nor Fabian Delph have played since they were injured in a tackle during Tottenham's Champions league first leg with Manchester City on 9 April.

And that is the case with Southgate's latest squad for the semi-final and, potentially, the final. "But I think that it is a shame for Test cricket as well". "I think both of them came out of that tackle worse off, so it was not one I enjoyed watching, but our guys are close and I think they both know there was no intent in the tackle to cause harm".

"So I don't foresee that being a problem".

England's Under-21s bid to win the European Championships at that age group level next month after reaching the finals in Italy and San Marino. Ben Chilwell and Danny Rose have been excellent for us so they are ahead in the pecking order. And can we affect things not only in other countries, but most importantly in our own country.

"You have to keep performing which is always good in the game". "We can still prepare the team for the game with Holland".