Because of his fear of late injury withdrawals, Southgate will name a bigger initial squad than usual, though changes to the 23-man final line-up can still be made up to 24 hours before the semi-final if sanctioned by UEFA's medical assessors. "Those Champions League nights that we've just had might have had five-fold the numbers so that's always a constant battle because we wouldn't have the quality of the Premier League without the money that is in it". We are keeping that door open. "But, where there are one or two others we need to know a lot more about in the next week, he is one I will make an exception for in that I will see how it goes in the final week". There is the physical aspect and emotional aspect of that final that we have to look at.
"I think he's been playing well and he's been having a good season so maybe he is still harbouring hopes he is going to be picked for them", McCarthy said at the time.
England coach Gareth Southgate has named a 27-man squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League finals, in which his side will attempt to lift their first trophy in 53 years.
Southgate said that Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek would have been involved, and described Loftus-Cheek's injury as looking, "serious".
'We know the individual players really well, so we can sense when they are feeling in the right place and when they are not.
His one and only England cap came in a friendly match against Germany two years ago, but has enjoyed a fine campaign for the struggling Saints, picking up the Player of the Year double at Saints' end of year awards.