Gareth Southgate to stick with big guns in UEFA Nations League squad

Gareth Southgate
will stick with his big guns when he names his UEFA Nations League
squad on Thursday despite the huge disruption caused by English football's European clean sweep.
The England manager will resist the temptation of dipping into the burgeoning Under-21s talent pool even though he will be without a number of his most important players for the vast majority of his side's Nations League preparations after Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal reached the finals of European football's two main club competitions.
The likes of James Maddison, Phil Foden and Aaron Wan-Bissaka would have come into contention - but Southgate does not want to disrupt Under-21 manager Aidy Bothroyd's squad for the forthcoming European Championships.
Instead, Southgate will keep faith with his tried and trusted stars by naming in-excess of 25 players at Wembley today, even though as many of 12 - including captain Harry Kane and vice skipper Jordan Henderson - of them will not report for duty until June 3 - three days before the Nations League opener against Holland.
The news also means Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is hopeful of returning to the squad after missing the previous international matches through injury.
Southgate has to name his final 23-man squad by May 27.
The first batch of players not involved in European finals, this weekend's FA Cup Final and Jadon Sancho - who's final Bundesliga game isn't until Saturday - will report to St George's Park on Tuesday before having the following weekend off.
The squad, including FA Cup finalists Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and John Stones, and Sancho will then report from Monday, May 27, meaning they will have a week of to recover.
Players involved in the Champions League and Europa League finals will report on June 3.

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