SAINTS duo James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond have been left out of the final England squad.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate omitted the pair for the Uefa Nations League finals, where they will be playing Holland on 6 June.

Fabian Delph, who played just 20 times for Manchester City last season, keeps his place in midfield ahead of Ward-Prowse.

However, instead of sending the Saints stars home, they will remain with the England camp in the build-up to the tournament.

In an FA statement, Southgate said: "We have got exciting players and picking a squad is really difficult because we have lots of depth of talent, not only the squad we have picked but the Under-21s as well.

"There has been some difficult decisions to make and we are obviously a little bit complicated with so many players involved in the Champions League as well but we are really excited by the squad and the players that are around it.

"Some players who have had really good finishes to the season like James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond are staying with us for this period to train because although we have cut the squad to 23, we have still got two weeks to get through and two really big finals ahead. So some of those calls are even more difficult."

Redmond ended the season in terrific style for Saints, with his goal against Huddersfield ensuring he finished the year as the club's top scorer.

The same could also be said for Ward-Prowse after transforming his game to suit the needs of Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Saints winger Redmond was aiming to bag his second Three Lions cap, having not been selected since his debut back in March 2017 against Germany. 

Tottenham players Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks were the other two members of Southgate’s side that were unable to make the final cut.

"Harry Winks is a player we really like and that's a tough one because he has not played for a couple of months and we don't get to see him in training. He is back training with Spurs, he might be involved at the weekend but we wouldn't see him until two days before the game.

"So when we had other midfielders who are either with us or who are playing regularly, that was the only thinking behind that decision. Harry could still come into that mix and has done very well for us whenever he has played with England, so is a player we like.

"Of course, Kieran Trippier has had such a big impact, he had such a brilliant World Cup.

“He has been a really valuable member of our squad and has a great attitude with us, real passion in playing for England but Trent (Alexander-Arnold) and Kyle (Walker) have finished the season so strongly.

"So it (right-back) is a position where we have got real competition for places. That is as hard a decision as we have had to make."