Gareth Southgate banking on Harry Kane as injured Tottenham striker set to be included in England’s extended squad for UEFA Nations League
- Harry Kane set to be named in England’s Nations League squad on Thursday
- England boss Gareth Southgate is determined to include the injured striker
- Kane’s recovery is on track and he is hoping to start some sprinting next week
Harry Kane is set to be named in England’s UEFA Nations League squad on Thursday despite his ankle injury.
The Tottenham striker is battling to be fit for the tournament in Portugal – and the Champions League final – as he recovers from a ligament injury sustained against Manchester City five weeks ago.
But Gareth Southgate will almost certainly select his first-choice striker in an extended squad.
Injured Harry Kane will be named in England’s extended squad for the UEFA Nations League
England boss Gareth Southgate reveals on Thursday an extended squad for the tournament
The player’s recovery is on schedule, he is due to train with a ball by the end of the week and it is hoped he can start sprinting next week.
Provided he does not suffer any setbacks in his rehabilitation, Kane is expected to be available for Tottenham’s Champions League final in Madrid on June 1 and England’s Nations League opener against Holland five days later.
The news will come as a major boost to Southgate as he plots to lift England’s first trophy since 1966. The England manager had feared he would be without his captain after Kane suffered the injury in a collision with Fabian Delph.
England medics have kept in close contact with Tottenham and are pleased with Kane’s progress.
Southgate can alter his squad up to 10 days prior to the clash with Holland but, provided Kane’s recovery continues to progress smoothly, he will lead the team in the Nations League finals.
Kane has been out of action since sustaining ligament damage against Manchester City