Tottenham and Liverpool success hits England’s Nations League plans

• Champions League final players to miss bulk of England training
• Gareth Southgate’s team play five days after match in Madrid

Gareth Southgate faces conducting the bulk of England’s preparations for June’s Nations League finals without up to nine players after Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur secured unlikely passage to the Champions League final.

The national manager will have to wait until the evening of Sunday 2 June to welcome to St George’s Park the hefty contingent involved in the showpiece at Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano. That will be almost two weeks after the first members of the squad gather, with arrivals staggered according to when players’ club campaigns finish.

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