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Why An All English Champions League Final Could Give Gareth Southgate And England A Headache

England manager Gareth Southgate will be sweating on the fitness of several of his top players
England manager Gareth Southgate will be sweating on the fitness of several of his top players

Unless you’ve been on the moon, you’ll know by now that Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will contest the Champions League Final.

All English meetings in the final of Europe’s top club competition are few and far between and will give further weight to the argument that the Premier League is the greatest domestic league in the world. Both Spurs and Liverpool reached the showpiece event after amazing comebacks in their respective ties against Ajax and Barcelona.

However, there’s someone who has every right to feel worried about an all Premier League Final, England manager Gareth Southgate. The Champions League Final takes place just five days before the Nations League begins in Portugal and several players from both clubs are expected to be in Southgate’s squad. In fact, it’s feasible that 10 players will be going into the tournament just days after one of the biggest games in their lives. Yes, there’s a threat of injury but more concerning is the likelihood of fatigue and tiredness after such a long season.

Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson.

Spurs: Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Delle Alli, Harry Kane  

The players from Liverpool and Spurs are likely to arrive at England’s training camp days later than their colleagues.

England play Holland on Thursday, June 6 and will have to play an additional game - either the final or the third place play-off.      

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