Sunday 16 June 2019

Kane included in England U-21 European squad

Tottenham's Harry Kane named in England U-21 European squad
Tottenham's Harry Kane named in England U-21 European squad

Luke Shaw has been left out of the England U-21 squad because he is "medically unfit", but Harry Kane will go to the European Championship despite Tottenham's reservations over his fitness.

England U-21 coach Gareth Southgate named Kane among a 27-man party for the tournament in the Czech Republic yesterday.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said in March that he had serious reservations about Kane playing for the U-21s this summer.

"Maybe I'd prefer that Harry has a month's holiday after the season to rest and recover his body and mind," the Tottenham manager said of Kane, who has played 58 games in total this season.

After holding talks with the Argentinian on the matter, Southgate has got his way and Kane will be on the plane to the Czech Republic next month.

"Harry has had a fantastic season and has been a big part of our team. It's important for all the group he's here and it's a great stage for Harry to show his ability on the international stage in a top tournament," Southgate said.

"It's good for his development and it's good for the group. Most clubs would prefer their players not to go away all summer and play, but we want to take the best players and give them that experience.

"That has been the basis of the discussion we had (with Spurs). We are grateful for their support as we are with all of the clubs."

Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling have not been selected despite being eligible.

Southgate has preferred to stick with the likes of Saido Berahino, Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond, who have been key to England's near perfect qualifying campaign.

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