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Gareth Southgate explains decision to leave Jordan Henderson out of England squad for Nations League games

Jordan Henderson reacts to England reaching EURO 2020 final

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England are preparing for the Nations League games at the start of next month. The Three Lions will face Hungary twice, Germany and Italy.

The full schedule for England’s Nations League fixtures is as follows:

  • Hungary vs England – June 4
  • Germany vs England – June 7
  • England vs Italy – June 11
  • England vs Hungary – June 14

Ahead of the games, Gareth Southgate named his squad and has left Liverpool star Jordan Henderson out.

Henderson has made overall 56 appearances this season in which he has scored 3 goals and provided 7 assists. The 31-year-old and the Reds will face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, May 28.

When explaining his exclusion, Southgate said: “I don’t need to know anymore about him and he’s played a lot of football this season. Trent [Alexander-Arnold] likewise, he’ll probably be with us for the first part of the games and then that’s enough for him.”

He added: “I was very conscious with the Champions League boys – they’ve had a remarkable season really and couldn’t have been involved with any more games. We’ve learnt in the last three or four years from players we’ve had involved in that match that the emotional fall out, win or lose, is very high.

“I spoke with the two lads about where they were with that and where they felt like they were with that – they are in different positions in that with their age.

“We’ve got good players in both positions so we’ve got cover and we felt that Henderson we didn’t need to see this summer but we wanted to see Trent with the camp. We gave him the option of joining late but he preferred to keep going and then leave a bit earlier.”

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