Redmond given shock call-up to England squad for Nations League finals

Nathan Redmond has been handed an unexpected England recall ahead of the UEFA Nations League
The Southampton winger, who has one England cap, has been named in Gareth Southgate
's squad on Thursday.
As Sportsmail
revealed this week Tottenham's injured duo Harry Kane
and Harry Winks have also been named in the party. Southgate has until May 27 to reduce his squad to 23.  
Jack Butland (Stoke), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Dele Alli (Tottenham) Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham)
Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
Overlooked since winning his one and only England cap in March 2017, 25-year-old Redmond scooped the Player of the Year double at Saints' end-of-season awards after a fine campaign.
'He's finished the season really well with Southampton. Since the change in manager, I've liked the way the team have played,' said Southgate.
'He's playing in a style that we ask of our forward players, too. A lot of pace, presses well, has started to score regularly... he had a difficult season last year, but has finished this season very strongly.
'He's done really well this season. It's a really good opportunity for him.' 
Southampton celebrated the call-up of Redmond and James Ward-Prowse with a video on their Twitter account.
Ward-Prowse is on camera giving an interview when Redmond comes bounding across the training pitch to announce the news of their call-up before they share a celebratory hug.  
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) May 16, 2019
There is no place for Ruben Loftus-Cheek after he sustained a nasty-looking ankle injury playing in a friendly for Chelsea on Wednesday, while fellow midfielders Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse are involved again.
Jesse Lingard and Joe Gomez return to the squad, while Luke Shaw and James Tarkowski are left out.
England face Holland in their semi-final in Guimaraes on June 6 before then playing either Portugal or Switzerland in the final or third-place play-off on June 9.
Southgate has named a 27-man squad that will be cut down to 23 before they fly to Portugal. The manager has said he will make those cuts by May 27.
The first group of players to report for training next week will include those whose clubs finished their campaigns last weekend.
Southgate admitted he wouldn't be sure of Kane's fitness until after the Champions League final.
'That is one of the unknowns really. He's working towards being fit for their final, and we have to see how that progresses,' he said.
'Clearly he's a player we'd want to give every opportunity to. His goalscoring record is phenomenally high and he's the captain of the team.
'We're keeping that door open and will see how that progresses.' 
Players from Manchester City, involved in the FA Cup final against Watford on Saturday, will then link up in the week commencing Monday May 27.
With Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all involved in UEFA finals the following weekend, players from those clubs are expected to join the group in the week commencing Monday June 3 before the squad travel to Portugal.
'Post the Champions League final, we are going to have to assess everyone really,' Southgate added.
'There is the physical aspect of that game and then the emotional fallout from that game. It is a huge, huge match.
'We have to prepare everybody to play, I don't think we have ever had a camp where we haven't had a lot of pull-outs.
'It is a strange situation for us but we have always adapted and we have always managed to achieve results with new players, with young players, so this looks like being the same.
'It is going to be a lot of uncertainty about who is going to be available until the last minute, but we have got a really strong squad with a lot of talent and we are looking forward to these matches.'
On the decision to leave out Shaw, the England manager said: 'Ben Chilwell and Danny Rose are ahead at the moment.
'They've played particularly well for us and been committed to the England shirt over the last period of time, and they're two very good players.
'There's high competition for places in lots of positions, but we're particularly blessed in that position.'

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