England manager Gareth Southgate has named an injured Harry Kane in his initial 27-man squad for this summer’s UEFA Nations League finals.
Kane has been sidelined since Tottenham’s Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester City on April 9 due to an ankle injury.
It came following a clash with England team-mate Fabian Delph, where the City defender accidentally stood on Kane’s left ankle during a challenge for the ball.
Now the England captain is in a race against time to be available for Spurs’ first-ever Champions League final against Liverpool on June 1.
Following the club’s semi-final win over Ajax, Kane had disclosed that his rehabilitation was going well and hoped to convince manager Mauricio Pochettino over his fitness ahead of the trip to Madrid.
Despite admitting his fitness is an “unknown”, however, Southgate has decided to name his skipper for the inaugural Nations League finals in June.
“That’s one of the unknowns. He’s working to be fit for the (Champions League) final,” said Southgate, according to Eurosport.
“We are keeping that door open. We are going to look post-Champions League final.
“There is the physical aspect and emotional aspect of that final that we have to look at.
“I don’t think we have had a time where we haven’t had a lot of pull outs but we have a really strong squad.
“We will know more by that date [27 May] but we can make changes after that date.”
After sustaining an ankle injury in Chelsea’s 3-0 friendly win over New England Revolution in the United States on Wednesday, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been omitted from the England team.
Meanwhile, midfielder Harry Winks has also been named despite recently undergoing groin surgery along with four more Spurs stars.
On the other hand, Manchester United’s Player of the Year Luke Shaw has been overlooked in favour of Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell and Spurs’ Danny Rose.
England will have until May 27 at the latest to decide whether or not to name Kane in their 23-man squad.
The Three Lions will meet the Netherlands in the Nations League semi-finals on June 6 in Portugal. Should they progress, then Southgate’s men will face either the hosts themselves or Switzerland in Porto three days later.
27-man England squad
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), John Stones (Manchester City), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Harry Winks (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Strikers: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)