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Southgate has named the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Fikayo Tomori and James Justin in his England squad for games against Hungary, Italy and Germany next month.
But the England boss has failed to select Liverpool captain Henderson, confirming he's been rested following the midfielder's grueling campaign this season.
Henderson's season has not yet finished, with the 32-year-old in line to feature for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.
But Southgate has confirmed that he remains in his national team plans going forward.
Speaking at his press conference, the 51-year-old said: "I don't need to know anything more about him [ahead of World Cup].
"He’s 32 and played every game for Liverpool," he added. "Trent will probably be with us for the first part of the camp, that will be enough for him."
🗣 "I was very conscious with the Champions League boys."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 24, 2022
Gareth Southgate is asked on his reasoning for leaving Jordan Henderson out of the squad and how the conversation went down pic.twitter.com/NSco5kmPGx
Henderson has played a whopping 56 games this season, with Trent Alexander-Arnold making 46 appearances this term.
But the 23-year-old will join the England team after the Champions League final.
The Three Lions begin their Nations League campaign at Hungary on June 4.
They then head to Germany on June 7, before hosting Italy and Hungary on June 11 and June 14 respectively.