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England manager Gareth Southgate has hinted that Liverpool could have an advantage in the Champions League final at Madrid as Mauricio Pochettino may not use Harry Kane as a starter.

Kane sustained an injury during Spurs’ Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City. It seemed that he would miss the rest of the season but following his team’s dramatic semi-final triumph over Ajax, Kane said that he hopes to play in the Champions League final.

Gareth Southgate added Kane to his provisional squad for the upcoming Nations League Finals.

Speaking about Kane’s availability for the Nations League Finals, Southgate said, Frankly, we will know a lot more about that if he is in Tottenham’s team. They might take a view that (Lucas) Moura scored a hat-trick (in the semi-final) and Son (Heung-min) played well so they keep Harry as an impact player.

So without talking to Mauricio (Pochettino), I don’t know what his thinking on that will be. I guess that depends on how Harry trains in the build-up to the game. So no, I don’t think it is an absolute he has to play there or he is not ready four days later.

Equally, he could play in the final and not be right four days later for us, we are just going to have to play it by ear because he is not going to have had a game prior to that point. 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.”

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