Irish target Redmond shock inclusion in England squad

Annette Crawford
May 18, 2019

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.

"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.

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.

The 25-year-old winger was last capped in March 2017.

The former Norwich man qualifies for Ireland through his mother.

Harry Kane has been included despite the fact he is still recovering from an ankle injury, suggesting his comeback is on course.

There is no place for Ruben Loftus-Cheek after sustaining an ankle injury playing in a friendly for Chelsea on Wednesday, while fellow midfielders Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse are involved again.

"But we have got to prepare with the rest as though we have none of them available and go from there and then make decisions as the guys start to arrive".

Speaking at a press conference, the England manager said: "I think he finished the season really well".

"It is a really good opportunity for Nathan".

"So no, I don't think it is an absolute he has to play in Madrid or he is not ready five days later".

"We'll have to look at assessing everybody after the Champions League Final because there's the physical aspect of that game but also the emotional fallout from it". We are keeping that door open. I remember talking to some young kids about the Ashes and them saying, "well, we haven't seen it".

Southgate was positive in how the impact of his players featuring in the Champions League and Europa League finals can have on his team in the future.

But when asked if it was a tough choice, Southgate said: "No".

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