Publication date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:40 PM
Nathan Redmond of Southampton is a surprising name in England's Gareth Southgate for the Final of the League of Nations.
The head of the three lions has nominated a group of 27 people ahead of this year's final in Portugal, though it will have to shrink that group on May 23-27.
It is surprising that there are no unplayable players in the Southgate selection, but there is a shock call for Redmond.
Omitted after winning its first and only England cap in March 2017, the 25-year-old took the Player of the Year double on the Saints after a fine campaign.
Captain of England Harry Kane was selected by Southgate despite the injuries of the hocks ligament, while Harry Wynne got his head after the operation of the hump.
There is no room for Ruben Loftus-Cheek after he suffered an unpleasant hurtle injury in a friendly match for Chelsea on Wednesday, while fellow midfielder Declan Rice and James Vard-Provse were again involved.
Jesse Lingard and Joe Gomez return to the team, while Luke Shav and James Tarkovski are omitted.
Southgate believes Redmond deserved his return to England, after the wing reached nine goals in the second half of the season.
Speaking at a press conference, the manager of England said: "I think the season ended very well. I think that the new manager had a positive effect: a lot of pace, playing high press and he began to score regularly.
"It's really a good opportunity for Nathan."
Southgate also explained its reasons for including Kane and Vinks, despite the fact that the Tottenham double has been withdrawn for injury.
"For those like Harry Vinks, he deserves to be named in the starting squad. It's a case that he did not play for months, so we'll have to see, "Southgate said.
"It's (Kane's Fitness) one of the unknowns. He works to be ready for the finals (Champions League). Let's keep this door open. We'll see the finals after the Champions League. There is a physical aspect and the emotional aspect of that finale that we have to look at.
"I do not think we had the time when we did not have much withdrawal, but we have a very strong team. By that date we will know more (May 27th), but we can make changes after that date."
Southgate was positive in how the influence of his players in the Champions League and Europa League finals could be on his team in the future.
He said: "In the long run for England, it's brilliant. All these experiences are what this team did not have before.
"It's been an incredible couple of weeks for English football and we look forward to continuing."
Turning Manchester United off, left-back, Shaw raised several eyebrows.
But on the question of whether it was a difficult choice, Southgate said: "No. Ben Chilvell and Danny Rose have been great for us so they have the advantage. But that gives us many good options.
England manager also added that Chelsea pair Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi would have been selected to be in shape.