England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that he will name Tottenham striker Harry Kane in his UEFA Nations League squad to take on the Netherlands in the semifinal of the competition on June 6.
Kane has remained on the sidelines ever since injuring his ankle during Spurs’ Champions League clash with Manchester City.
The English striker rolled his ankle during a clash with Fernandinho. He hasn’t featured for Spurs since, missing their subsequent Premier League games.
Harry Kane to return for UCL final?
He was also absent for their remarkable Champions League comeback against Ajax. Spurs recovered from a 3-0 deficit to score three away goals. This secured their berth in the final of the competition.
Mauricio Pochettino is of the belief that Kane will return in time for the final. Spurs will take on Liverpool in Madrid in the UCL final on June 1st.
Southgate confident of Kane’s return timeline
Just five days later, England will square off against the Netherlands in the semifinals of the UEFA Nations League.
Now, it appears Southgate is confident of Kane’s recovery as well. Southgate is hoping Kane would be fit in time for the semifinal.
As a result, he is set to name the Spurs skipper in the England squad. However, Southgate will name at least 27 players in his provisional squad which will then be trimmed to 23 before the cut-off date.
As many as 9 players in contention to make the England squad are set to feature in the Champions League final (Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and Kane, Alli, Dier, Trippier, Rose).
Several will also turn out for Arsenal and Chelsea in the Europa League final. This adds to Southgate’s woes as the players will be unavailable to train together and will link up with the squad at different dates.
England take on the Netherlands on June 6th.