Gareth Southgate fearful Champions League final will wreck England's Nations League plans

The England boss — who named Declan Rice in his squad for next week’s Euro 2020 qualifiers — may have just two days together with his full squad before facing Holland on June 6.

Southgate said: “It could be a bit of a mess. If two of our teams make it to the Champions League final, at best we wouldn’t see their players until the Monday before we play on the Thursday.

“As an Aussie coach I know says: ‘f***ing good luck with that, mate!’”

Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United are all still fighting to reach the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.

England skipper Harry Kane is among the Tottenham players chasing glory with club and country.

Southgate added: “We qualified months ago and what a great opportunity to win something — and then you don’t actually get the team together.

“And with the emotion of the Champions League final, can those players even realistically play on for us on the Thursday night?

“We’ll have some preparation here, in terms of pre-camps, but all the players would need a period to switch off — we would have to look at the Champions League final when we got to it.”

Midfielder Rice, 20, committed his international future to England last month — after winning three Republic of Ireland caps in friendlies.

And he is in the 25-man squad to face the Czech Republic at Wembley a week tomorrow and the trip to Montenegro three days later.

Southgate hopes his side can bring a feelgood factor back to the fans.

He added: “We can’t keep relying on the Royal Family to produce babies and have weddings.

“We always want to play in a way that excites people.”

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