England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed captain Harry Kane will be available for Friday’s World Cup clash with the USA.
The England captain took a knock on his right ankle in the second half of Monday’s 6-2 win over Iran and played 25 minutes before being substituted after 76 minutes and undergoing scans to determine the severity of the injury.
In an interview with ITVSouthgate said: “He’s good. He’s working a bit more individually today but he’ll be back with the team tomorrow and it’s all good for the game.
“We just checked it out to see. I think sometimes when you’re treating things it’s important to know exactly what’s in there and everything was fine.
“It’s not so much about the ankle, it’s more about the foot. It was a bad challenge, really, but I think it’s one that, fortunately, we got away with relatively lightly.
“I was [holding my breath] when he went on the field, but after he continued to play, everything was fine.”
The update follows Jordan Pickford’s admission that Kane trained with the rest of the squad on Wednesday.
“I think he’s good, he’s probably a bit sick but he’s on the pitch with us today. It’s good, yes,” said the goalkeeper.
Maguire will start against USA
Harry Maguire will start for England against the USA tomorrow and is set to win his 50th cap.
A controversial selection for the starting XI in England’s opening win against Iran, Maguire produced one of his most assured performances of the season.
He hit the post with a header early on and then earned an assist for Bukayo Saka’s first goal.
There were concerns over Maguire’s fitness for the second Group B match after he was forced off against Iran due to illness.
But he has now recovered and is fully involved in England training.
England team-mate Jordan Pickford, meanwhile, has leapt to Maguire’s defense following a spate of criticism and a lack of playing time for Manchester United this season.
“He should be respected a lot more, but every footballer is criticised. I think it’s a bit unfair. His performance on the pitch showed how good he is.
“He was amazing. He was really good that night, got an assist and maybe could have given us a penalty with that VAR decision that went against us.
“I have a great relationship with him. Most of my camps have had Harry ahead of me and he’s in a very good place now.”
Souness: Kane needed saving from himself
Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness speaks on ITV:
“I look at England with a manager’s head and when I see the challenge I think, ‘this lad has a history with his ankles’.”
“He stayed a little bit down, he wasn’t right, he was walking carefully on it. I’m thinking ‘he needs to get out now’. It happened in the 48th minute and he came off in the 75th. 27 minutes of running on this ankle.
“Some players need saving from themselves. He is a scorer. He thinks “there are goals in this match against Iran and I will stay”. I think this is a mistake.
“I think the manager should have removed him immediately. You are also three-zero at this point. You don’t have to risk Harry anymore.
“I wrote about this competition before I came here and I think England can do really, really well as long as Harry scores a lot of goals. Not sure when they play the right teams who else will get goals.
“So I see it as something that could have been avoided and that for me is up to the manager because a player who wants to be the goalscorer in this competition is going to act selfishly in that situation. He needs saving from himself there.
“He had to get out immediately. He should have been on ice and in an elevated position immediately.”