Three Liverpool players called up for England’s Nations League squad along with Harry Kane

16 May 2019

A trio of Liverpool players have been selected for an England fixture just five days after the Champions League final—and so has Tottenham‘s Harry Kane.


The Reds face Spurs in Madrid on 1 June and the two squads contain a number of players eligible for selection in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

England play Netherlands in the Nations League semi-final on 6 June and a total of eight players from the two Premier League sides have been selected.

For the Reds, captain Jordan Henderson is of course in the squad, being a first-team regular for the national team.

And two defenders are also involved, with Trent Alexander-Arnold hoping to press his case to become a similar first choice, after another exceptional season.

The right-back has reached a second successive Champions League final in just two years as a senior pro, while he was also named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Thirdly, Joe Gomez has been handed a recall to the squad, an acknowledgement of his immaculate form earlier in the season—though he has missed most of 2019 through injury.

England's Joe Gomez during the UEFA Nations League, League A Group Four match at Wembley Stadium, London (Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images)

While most Liverpool fans won’t be too bothered who is called up from Tottenham, or any other team, there is relevance in Harry Kane’s inclusion.

The striker has been missing through injury since 10 April after another ankle issue, but his selection for England suggests he will return to fitness in time for the Champions League final.

That said, England must reduce their 27-man squad by four players by 27 May, meaning there’s still a chance Kane has been named ahead of being cut if he hasn’t proven his fitness closer to the end of the month.

England or Netherlands will play Portugal or Switzerland in the final—or indeed the third-place play-off—on 9 June.

Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum will expect to be in the Dutch squad and Xherdan Shaqiri in the Swiss one, when they are named.


England squad

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FIFA World Cup Group G match at Kaliningrad Stadium - Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth)

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