England call for Redmond but Maddison misses out
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Former Norwich City wide player Nathan Redmond is the surprise name in England manager Gareth Southgate’s initial squad for the Nations League finals - but there is no place for James Maddison.
The Three Lions' boss named a 27-man group ahead of this summer's inaugural finals in Portugal, although he will need to cut the group down to 23 by May 27.
Unsurprisingly there are no uncapped players in Southgate's selection, but there is a shock call-up for Redmond.
Overlooked since winning his one and only England cap in March 2017, the 25-year-old scooped Southampton's player-of-the-year double after a fine campaign.
Maddison impressed in his first season in the Premier League at Leicester City but is not be part of the senior set-up.
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Southgate has been keeping close tabs on Redmond, who appears to have relished working for Saints' chief Ralph Hasenhuttl.
"He's finished the season really well," said Southgate. "Since the change of manager, I've liked the way the team has played. 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."
England captain Harry Kane has been selected by Southgate for the seniors, despite an ankle ligament injury, while Harry Winks has also got the nod after groin surgery.
There is no place for Ruben Loftus-Cheek after sustaining an ankle injury playing in a friendly for Chelsea on Wednesday, while fellow midfielders Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse are involved again.
Jesse Lingard and Joe Gomez return to the squad, while Luke Shaw and James Tarkowski are left out.