Harry Kane passed fit for England vs USMNT after previous injury scare


England head coach Gareth Southgate has said Harry Kane is fit to face the U.S. on Friday.

The Athletic revealed on Tuesday that Kane was set to have a scan on his ankle ahead of England’s second Group B match at the 2022 World Cup.

Kane appeared to be in pain after Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji brought him down with a lunging tackle three minutes into the second half on Monday.

Despite the knock, England’s captain managed to stay on the pitch until the 75th minute when he was replaced by fellow striker Callum Wilson. After the game, Kane was walking with his right ankle lightly strapped, and with a slight limp.

There were fears the 29-year-old may have to sit out England’s next match but he has now been passed fit.

“Harry is fine. He has worked slightly separately from the group but all good for Friday night,” Southgate told BBC Sport.

“He had a scan (on Wednesday) to make sure everything is fine.”

Kane’s England team-mate Harry Maguire is also expected to feature after feeling “much better” since Monday’s 6-2 win over Iran.

Maguire had to be replaced in the 70th minute against Iran after feeling unwell.

“He was feeling ill and that was affecting his vision,” added Southgate. “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.”

Kyle Walker could make his first appearance since undergoing groin surgery in October.

James Maddison missed Wednesday’s training session as he continues to recover from a knee injury while Wilson is a fitness doubt. England faces the U.S. on Friday at 2 p.m. ET.


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