Gareth Southgate will make an exception for Harry Kane and would be ready to start his captain in the League of Nations semi-final against the Netherlands next month, even though Tottenham Hotspur striker will not start for his club in the final of the Champions League.
As expected, Kane was named in an initial team of 27 players for the Portuguese tournament that will play two games, despite the Spurs’ last nine games, after being injured in ankle ligaments early last month. The striker’s rehabilitation remains on track and he must start running again next week to get involved in the European Cup final against Liverpool in Madrid on June 1, which will feature a game from Southgate. The tournament final is not that far So, get your tickets for the Champions League final.
However, even if the Spurs chose not to name their captain at Wanda Metropolitano, England would make its own assessment of his state of health and could give the 25-year-old a place in his training against the Dutch five days later at Guimaraes. “The Spurs might think [Lucas] Moura had a hat trick and Son [Heung-min] played well, so they keep Harry as an impact player,” said Southgate, who saw Kane score 17 times in 20 matches under his direct management. “So, without speaking to Mauricio Pochettino, I do not know what he will think. I guess it depends on how Harry trains to prepare the game.
This group will be reduced to 23 people by UEFA’s deadline of 27 May – ahead of the UEFA Europa League and Champions League finals – although minor adjustments can be made until the day before the match against the Netherlands if the players then succumb to an injury. Fabian Delph, John Stones and Joe Gomez will also be assessed as having played relatively minor roles for their clubs over the last few months, while Dele Alli has reported a minor hamstring problem in the last afternoon of the season Premier League.