ENGLAND: Gareth Southgate confirms Harry Kane is ‘good’ after ankle scan clears everything


England captain Harry Kane during a training session Credit: Alamy

England coach Gareth Southgate has confirmed Harry Kane’s ankle scan has fully healed and will return to training on Thursday.

Kane injured his right ankle after a fumble challenge from Murteza Pouraliganji in England’s 6-2 win against Iran on Monday – the national team’s biggest-ever victory at the start of a major tournament.

The Spurs striker, who has a history of ankle problems, played 25 minutes but was seen limping after the game and went for scans as a precaution.

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

Southgate confirmed his captain would train with the group again on Thursday at the Al Waqrah Sports Complex ahead of Friday’s game against the United States.

Southgate said on ITV: “He’s good, he’s done a little more individual work on Wednesday, but he’ll be back with the team on Thursday and he’ll be good for the game.”

“We just checked him, just to see. I think when you deal with things sometimes it’s important to know what’s really there and it was all for the good.

“It’s not so much the ankle. It’s more the foot. It was a really bad challenge, but I think luckily we got away with it easily.

Kane has suffered seven different ankle injuries during his career – all suffered while playing for Spurs – so there was natural concern when Kane went down.

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Asked if he had held his breath, Southgate said: “No, that was me when he came off the field! But once he arrived, everything went well.

Harry Maguire was unwell against Iran but was back in England for training on Wednesday.

The Manchester United captain will attend Southgate’s pre-match press conference on Thursday before winning his 50th cap.

Callum Wilson did not train but is not considered to be in doubt about his fitness, while James Maddison was absent again as he recovered from the knee injury that ruled him out against Iran.

Kyle Walker also trained and hopes to get his first minutes in October after back surgery.

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

“Can you repeat what you do on race day? Of course I can’t. Me and the physio, me and the fitness coach can’t have 11v11 against each other.

“I want to do as much as possible before we train and kick a ball with the boys, so I feel good.”

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