Tuesday 15 October 2019

Southgate to gamble on Kane making recovery

England manager Gareth Southgate. Photo: Peter Powell/Reuters
England manager Gareth Southgate. Photo: Peter Powell/Reuters

Matt Law

Harry Kane will be included in Gareth Southgate's provisional England squad for the Nations League, despite not being fit.

Southgate will name his players for next month's finals tomorrow and has decided to take a chance on his captain.

Kane is recovering from ankle ligament damage and is trying to be fit in time for Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday, June 1.

England play their Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands the Netherlands five days later in Portugal.

Kane will start training on grass this week and is set to do some ball work by the weekend.

Southgate is likely to name a big squad because of the involvement of the Tottenham and Liverpool players in the Champions League final.

Uefa have insisted the manager must trim his group to 23 by May 27.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, says he will put his Liverpool players through a two-week "pre-season" ahead of the final in Madrid.

The squad have been given a few days off to recover from a gruelling Premier League campaign and will reconvene next week to prepare for the showpiece.

"We have to do a couple of things in preparation for the Champions League; media stuff," Klopp said.

"Then the boys will have a couple of days off and then we have two proper weeks as a pre-season for the Champions League final."

The Slovenian referee who awarded the penalty that helped Manchester United beat Paris St-Germain in the last 16 has been selected to take charge of the final at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Damir Skomina was called a "disgrace" by PSG's Neymar over the decision. The Brazil international was later given a three-match ban. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)


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