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Van Gaal makes sure United defender rested after blow to head

by Our Sports Desk

Luke Shaw was left out of the England Under-21 squad yesterday because he is “medically unfit,” but Harry Kane will go to the European Championship despite Tottenham’s reservations over his fitness.

England Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate named Kane among a 27-man party for the tournament in the Czech Republic.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said in March that he had serious reservations about Kane playing for the under-21s this summer.

“Maybe I’d prefer that Harry has a month’s holiday after the season to rest and recover his body and mind,” the Tottenham manager said of Kane, who has played 58 games in total this season.

After holding talks with the Argentinian on the matter, Southgate has got his way and Kane will be on the plane to the Czech Republic next month.

“Harry has had a fantastic season and has been a big part of our team. It’s important for all the group he’s here and it’s a great stage for Harry to show his ability on the international stage in a top tournament,” Southgate said.

“It’s good for his development and it’s good for the group.

“Most clubs would prefer their players not to go away all summer and play, but we want to take the best players and give them that experience.

“That has been the basis of the discussion we had (with Spurs). We are grateful for their support as we are with all of the clubs.”

The Football Association came to blows with Spurs in March over the London club’s post-season schedule.

England manager Roy Hodgson objected to Tottenham’s plan to take Kane to the other side of the planet for post-season friendlies against Malaysia and Sydney FC.

Kane will still play in the matches on May 27 and May 30 but Spurs insist he will not be overloaded with work in Malaysia and Australia.

Shaw had wanted to go to the tournament but has been omitted.

Louis van Gaal said the left-back would not be fit enough to go to the Czech Republic and Southgate agrees with the Manchester United manager.

“I spoke with Louis and Luke’s situation was monitored,” Southgate said of the defender, who took a blow to the head in United’s win at Crystal Palace two weeks ago and has suffered from a series of other injuries this term.

“Luke was always very keen to come and Louis was supportive of that but medically he is not going to be fit.

“We were aware of that last Friday. It’s a shame because he has been part of what we have done over the last two years and it would have been good experience for him, but we were always going to lose somebody to a fitness issue. Hopefully he will be the only one.”

The likes of Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling have not been selected despite being eligible.