NATHAN REDMOND has been handed a shock England call-up for the Uefa Nations league finals.
Southampton winger Redmond has been rewarded for his fine form in the latter stages of the season with a place in Gareth Southgate’s initial 27-man party for Portugal.
The 25-year-old has played just once for the senior side, back in 2017 when he came on as substitute in the friendly against Germany.
But his excellent form to help Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side climb away from relegation trouble has seen him catch the eye of Southgate and his staff.
Southgate said: “He’s finished the season really well.
“Since the change of manager, I’ve liked the way the team has played.
“He has a lot of pace, presses well, has started to score more regularly. I think he had a difficult season last year but this has been a lot better”
He is joined on the plane by Saints team-mate James Ward-Prowse who has made it into the party following the loss of Ruben Loftus-Cheek through injury.
As expected, Harry Kane has also been included despite not playing a match since the beginning of April with an ankle injury.
His Spurs team-mate Harry Winks also gets the call, having not played since April 9 because of a groin operation.
Soutgate added: “We’re really looking forward to the opportunity to finish the summer off. It’s a great chance to build on the last 12 months.
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“It’s a little bit larger squad than usual – we’ve got a lot of unknowns.
“Had they been fit, Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek would definitely be in this squad”
Squad: Butland, Heaton, Pickford; Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Gomez, Keane, Maguire, Rose, Stones, Trippier, Walker; Barkley, Alli, Delph, Dier, Ward-Prowse, Rice, Henderson, Winks; Kane, Lingard, Rashford, Redmond, Sancho, Sterling, Wilson
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