England boss Gareth Southgate confirms that Harry Kane will be fit for Friday’s World Cup clash with the USA after shaking off an ankle injury.
The Tottenham Hotspur man led the line as the Three Lions opened their bid for glory with a thumping 6-2 win over Iran on Monday, albeit without scoring himself.
In the second half of the contest, Kane surged forward and was the victim of a late challenge from Morteza Pouraliganji, landing awkwardly on his ankle in the process.
The 29-year-old lasted 76 minutes of the match before being replaced by Callum Wilson, and concern was immediately raised over a possible issue for Southgate’s captain.
Fears heightened when it was reported that Kane would undergo a scan on the issue, but the tests did not reveal a serious issue, and he was back training on Wednesday.
During an interview with ITV Sport ahead of Friday’s second Group B game with the USA, Southgate revealed that Kane would be back in team training later this week and would be fine to lead the line against Gregg Berhalter‘s men.
“He’s good. He’s worked a little bit more individually today, but he’ll be back in with the team tomorrow and good for the game. We just checked him out just to see. It’s not so much the ankle, it’s more the foot,” Southgate said.
As well as Kane, Harry Maguire was an enforced change from the opening-day thumping of Iran, having sat down on the turf before gingerly walking off amid fears of a suspected concussion.
However, the Manchester United man’s withdrawal was illness-related, and he is expected to be fine to take his place in the backline on matchday two after impressing against Iran.
“He was feeling ill and that was affecting his vision,” Southgate told BBC Sport. “You worry about concussion in that instant, but we were going back through all the footage and there is nothing, so he is in a good area.”
Furthermore, Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker will push for a place in the starting lineup, having been cleared to make the bench against Iran…