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Ross Barkley named in England's preliminary Nations League squad

Ross Barkley has been named in the preliminary England squad for this summer’s UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal.

Gareth Southgate has named a 27-man squad ahead of the tournament, with a final squad of 23 to be selected ahead of the first game.

The Three Lions take on the Netherlands in a semi-final clash on June 6 in Guimaraes, with a second game scheduled for June 9.

Barkley has enjoyed a strong first full season with the Blues and will be hoping to end this campaign by lifting the Europa League, to add to the FA Cup we lifted last term.

The midfielder has established himself as a key part of the England squad too, scoring his first international goals since 2015 with his brace in the 5-1 away victory against Montenegro
 

There is no place in the squad for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who limped off through injury against New England Revolution last night in our 3-0 ‘Final Whistle On Hate’ victory, while Callum Hudson-Odoi is also omitted as he recovers from Achilles surgery.

The England 27-man preliminary squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers

Jack Butland (Stoke City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders

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

Midfielders

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).

Forwards

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth).
 

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