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‘Good for the game’ – England captain Harry Kane back in training for USA clash after scan all clear

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England's Harry Kane during a training session at the Al Wakrah Sports Club Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Picture date: Sunday November 20, 2022.

England's Harry Kane during a training session at the Al Wakrah Sports Club Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Picture date: Sunday November 20, 2022.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane lies injured during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium, London.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane lies injured during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium, London.

England's Callum Wilson during a training session at the Al Wakrah Sports Club Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar. Picture date: Thursday November 17, 2022.

England's Callum Wilson during a training session at the Al Wakrah Sports Club Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar. Picture date: Thursday November 17, 2022.

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England's Harry Kane during a training session at the Al Wakrah Sports Club Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Picture date: Sunday November 20, 2022.

England captain Harry Kane trained ahead of Friday's World Cup clash against the United States after Gareth Southgate laid to rest fears of a foot injury for the striker.

Kane suffered a knock to his right ankle after a clumsy challenge by Morteza Pouraliganji in England’s 6-2 win against Iran on Monday – the national team’s biggest ever win at the start of a major tournament.

The Spurs striker, who has a history of ankle problems, did play on for 25 minutes but was seen limping after the game and went for a precautionary scan.

But the 29-year-old received the green light to train on Wednesday, with the official England Twitter account sharing a photo of him in training accompanied by the caption “skipper” and a fist emoji.

Southgate revealed Kane had trained with the rest of the squad behind closed doors on Wednesday and he also joined his team-mates on the pitch at England's Al Wakrah camp when the cameras were present on Thursday.

“He is good, he has worked a little bit more individually on Wednesday but he will back in with the team on Thursday and good for the game,” Southgate said on ITV.

“We just checked him out, just to see. I think sometimes when you are treating things it is important to know exactly what is there and that was all good.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane lies injured during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium, London.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane lies injured during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium, London.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane lies injured during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium, London.

“It is not so much the ankle. It is more the foot. It was a poor challenge really but I think it is one that fortunately we have got away with reasonably lightly.”

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Kane has had seven separate ankle injuries during his career – all of them sustained while playing for Spurs – so there was natural concern when Kane went down.

Asked whether he has been holding his breath, Southgate added: “No, I was when he went down on the pitch! But once he carried on playing everything has been good.”

Harry Maguire came off against Iran feeling unwell but was involved in England training on Wednesday.

The Manchester United captain will join Southgate at Thursday’s pre-match press conference ahead of winning his 50th cap.

Callum Wilson did not train but is not believed to be a fitness doubt, while James Maddison was again absent as he recovers from a knee complaint that ruled him out against Iran.

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England's Callum Wilson during a training session at the Al Wakrah Sports Club Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar. Picture date: Thursday November 17, 2022.

England's Callum Wilson during a training session at the Al Wakrah Sports Club Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar. Picture date: Thursday November 17, 2022.

England's Callum Wilson during a training session at the Al Wakrah Sports Club Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar. Picture date: Thursday November 17, 2022.

Kyle Walker also trained and will be hoping to get his first minutes since undergoing groin surgery in October.

“I’m fit,” the right-back said. “I’ve been training now for two weeks and I feel sharp.

“Can you replicate what you do on a match day? Of course I can’t. Me and the physio, me and the fitness coach cannot have an 11 v 11 against each other.

“We can do as much as we can do before I have to go into training and kick a ball with the lads, so I feel good.”


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