Saints duo handed England chance
Southampton duo Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse have been named in England's preliminary Nations League Finals squad.
Redmond's one and only England cap came against Germany in a friendly back in March 2017 but he has been included in Gareth Southgate's initial squad for the Nations League Finals this summer.
The 25-year-old scored a stunning goal in Southampton's 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town on the last day of the Premier League season and his improved form has been enough to earn him a way back onto the international stage.
Speaking about Redmond's inclusion at a press conference, Southgate said: "He's finished the season strongly and he looked good. It's a really good opportunity for him, with a couple of other players out."
Saints midfielder Ward-Prowse, who earned his second Three Lions' cap earlier this year, retains his place in the squad and will be hoping to make the final cut when Southgate confirms his 23-man squad.
The 24-year-old has been a key figure under Ralph Hasenhuttl since the Austrian took charge at St Mary's in December and his performances helped keep the south-coast outfit safe this season.
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