Southgate drops Tripper, Winks, Ward-Prowse and Redmond for England’s final 23-man Nations League squad


GARETH SOUTHGATE has dropped Kieran Trippier, Harry Winks, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse for the final 23-man England squad for the Nations League finals.

But Callum Wilson and Fabian Delph have bagged themselves a seat on the plane to Portugal.

And England Harry Kane is also in there after he declared himself fit for the Champions League final on Saturday.

Southampton duo Ward-Prowse and Redmond will remain in training with the squad and will surely be on stand-by in case there are any injuries.

Tottenham pair Trippier and Winks did not meet up with the squad as they prepare to face Liverpool in Madrid.

Southgate had to cut four players from his initial 27-man squad for the finals.

Speaking about his decisions, the England boss said: “Some players who have had really good finishes to the season like James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond are staying with us for this period to train because although we have cut the squad to 23, we have still got two weeks to get through and two really big finals ahead. So some of those calls are even more difficult.

“Harry Winks is a player we really like and that’s a tough one because he’s not played for a couple of months and we don’t get to see him in training. He is back training with Spurs, he might be involved at the weekend but we wouldn’t see him until two days before the game.

“So when we had other midfielders who are either with us or who are playing regularly, that was the only thinking behind that decision. Harry could still come into that mix and has done very well for us whenever he has played with England, so is a player we like.

England's final 23-man Nations League squad

1. Jordan Pickford
2. Kyle Walker
3. Danny Rose
4. Eric Dier
5. John Stones
6. Harry Maguire
7. Jesse Lingard
8. Jordan Henderson
9. Harry Kane
10. Raheem Sterling
11. Jadon Sancho
12. Joe Gomez
13. Jack Butland
14. Ben Chilwell
15. Michael Keane
16. Declan Rice
17. Fabian Delph
18. Ross Barkley
19. Marcus Rashford
20. Dele Alli
21. Callum Wilson
22. Trent Alexander-Arnold
23. Tom Heaton

“Of course, Kieran Trippier has had such a big impact, he had such a brilliant World Cup. He has been a really valuable member of our squad and has a great attitude with us, real passion in playing for England but Trent and Kyle have finished the season so strongly.

“So it is a position where we have got real competition for places. That is as hard a decision as we have had to make.”

The Three Lions take on the Netherlands in the semi-final next Thursday, looking to book a place in the final against Portugal or Switzerland.



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