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Gareth Southgate reduced his England squad to 23 ahead of the Nations League early next month. Tom Heaton remains in the squad but it would have been a big surprise had he been left out.

1819 burnley tom heaton 00 500x500Southgate needed to reduce his initial squad from 27 by four but with just three goalkeepers included it was always going to be four outfield players who were left out with Heaton to remain alongside Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

The four left out come from two clubs. Southampton pair James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond have been omitted as have Spurs pair Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks. Michael Keane remains the one ex-Claret in the squad with Tripps missing out and that will come as a big surprise given how well he’s played for England.

Southgate has gone with Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold for the right-back positions and he said on leaving Trippier out: “It was as hard a decision as we have had to make. Trippier has had such a big impact, he had such a brilliant World Cup.

“He has been a really valuable member of our squad and has a great attitude with us, real passion in playing for England, but Trent and Kyle have finished the season so strongly. It is a position where we have got real competition for places.”

Trippier, of course, has one game remaining this season and that’s next week’s Champions League Final against Liverpool in Madrid. It could, if reports are to be believed, be his last game for Spurs with strong speculation that he could join Napoli during the summer.

England play the Netherlands in the semi-final on Thursday 6th June and will play one further game in Portugal, either the final or the 3rd place play-off on the following Sunday with Portugal and Switzerland contesting the other semi-final on the previous day.

The England Squad

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Everton).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Declan Rice (West Ham).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

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