Publication date: Thursday 16 May 2019 2:12
Nathan Redmond of Southampton was an unexpected name in Gareth Southgate's first manager's England squad for the League of Nations Finals.
The Three Lions manager nominated a 27-man group before the first summer finals in Portugal, although the squad will need to be reduced to 23 by May 27.
It wasn't surprising that there were no uncapped players in the Southgate selection, but Redmond was in great demand.
Ignored since winning his only cap in England in March 2017, the 25-year-old won the Player of the Year twice at Saints end of year awards after a fantastic campaign.
England captain Harry Kane has been selected by Southgate, despite an ankle ligament injury, while Harry Winks has also had the goal after surgery on the groin.
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There was no room for Ruben Loftus-Cheek after suffering a nasty ankle injury playing in Chelsea friendly on Wednesday, but the midfielders of Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse were included.
Jesse Lingard and Joe Gomez returned to the squad, and Luke Shaw and James Tarkowski were left out.
Southgate believes that Redmond deserves to return to his ball in England after a strong finish to the season.
Redmond scored nine goals in the second half of the season to bring them back to the thoughts of Southgate.
Southgate said: “I think it has finished the season very well. I think the new manager has had a positive effect: a lot of speed, playing the high press and has started scoring more regularly.
“It's a really good opportunity for Nathan.”
Southgate also explained its reasons for including captain Kane and Winks, although Tottenham's injury is currently being delayed.
“For people like Harry Winks, we deserve to be named in the first squad. It's because it's not played for a few months so we'll have to see, ”said Southgate.
“That's (Kane fitness) one of the unknown things. We are working to be suitable for the final (Champions League). We keep that door open. We are going to look at the Champions League final. The physical aspect and emotional aspect of that final is what we have to look at.
“I don't think we have had a time when we haven't had many things out but we have a really strong squad. We will know more by that date [May 27] but we can make changes after that date. ”