England captain Harry Kane was named in Gareth Southgate’s preliminary England squad ahead of this summer’s UEFA Nations League Finals in Portugal.
Kane had been snuggling for fitness after going off with an injured ankle during Tottenham’s 1-0 home win over Manchester City in the Champions League quarter final.
He was joined in the side by Southampton winger Nathan Redmond – who had a strong finish to the season with the Saints – while Fabian Delph, Joe Gomez, Jesse Lingard, and Harry Winks overcame injuries in March to return to the squad.
But two Chelsea starlets will be missing after both suffering rupturing achilles tendons.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek succumbed during an end of season friendly away to New England Revolution yesterday while Callum Hudson-Odoi went down in pain in the first half of Chelsea’s Premier League draw at home to Burnley on April 22.
Matters are complicated with four English clubs featuring in both major European club finals and champions Manchester City contesting the FA Cup final.
This could limit the fitness of English players after a long season going into a crucial pair of international games.
City are playing in the FA Cup final on Saturday, May 18 and their players will join the national setup in the week commencing Monday, May 27.
Arsenal and Chelsea travel to the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan to fight for the Europa League on Wednesday May 29.
Liverpool and Tottenham are contesting the Champions League Final in Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1.
Players from these clubs will join the squad in the week commencing Monday, June 3.
The one-off semi final against the Netherlands is in Guimaraes on Thursday, June 6.
If England beat the Dutch they will face the winners of the other semi final, between Portugal and Switzerland, in Porto on Sunday, June 9.
27-Man England Squad to play in Nations League Finals
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)
Ross Barkley (Chelsea)
Jack Butland (Stoke City)
Ben Chilwell (Leicester City)
Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)
Joe Gomez (Liverpool)
Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Michael Keane (Everton)
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
Harry Maguire (Leicester City)
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Nathan Redmond (Southampton)
Declan Rice (West Ham United)
Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
John Stones (Manchester City)
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur)
Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth)
Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)