England squad: Harry Kane included for Nations League finals despite Tottenham striker yet to return

England squad: Harry Kane included for Nations League finals despite Tottenham striker yet to return from injury

Harry Kane has been included in England’s preliminary squad for the Uefa Nations League finals, despite the national team captain yet to return from his latest ankle injury.

The Tottenham striker has not played since suffering a recurrence of his troublesome ankle injury on 9 April in the 1-0 Champions League victory over Manchester City, but the 25-year-old has not given up hope of featuring for his club in next weekend’s final against Liverpool.

As a result, Southgate has named his captain in the preliminary 27-man squad in the hope that Kane will come through the Madrid final and be fit enough to feature in England’s two matches against the Netherlands and, depending on if England reach the final or third-place play-off, either Switzerland or Portugal.

"We're really looking forward to the opportunity to finish the summer off,” Southgate said after naming his side. “A great chance to build on the last 12 months.

England squad:

Jack Butland, Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ross Barkley, Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks, Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Nathan Redmond, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson.

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