Injured Kane picked by England for Nations League finals

Published 9:06 a.m. ET May 16, 2019 | Updated 4:12 p.m. ET May 16, 2019

LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane was selected by England for the inaugural Nations League finals next month even though he has yet to return to action for Tottenham after an ankle injury.

The striker was included in an enlarged 27-man squad on Thursday for the tournament in Portugal, which will see England take on the Netherlands on June 6 for a place in the June 9 final against the host nation or Switzerland.

Kane hasn’t played since April 9 when he was hurt against Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Tottenham’s season was extended by three weeks after the team reached the final of the Champions League. The team will play Liverpool in Madrid on June 1, which could be Kane’s first game back and his only competitive appearance before the Nations League finals.

England coach Gareth Southgate said he was “keeping the door open” for Kane, the team captain.

“He is working towards being fit for (Tottenham) for their final,” Southgate said. “We have to see how that progresses, really.”

If Kane regains his fitness, he could end up playing three big games in nine days.

“We are going to have to…

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