Gareth Southgate will make a late call on whether to start England captain Harry Kane against the United States on Friday after a scan cleared him of significant damage to his ankle, 90min understands.
The 29-year-old was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle during England’s 6-2 mauling of Iran, their opening Group B game at the 2022 World Cup.
Kane continued playing until the final 15 minutes, when he was replaced by Callum Wilson, and was sent for a scan on Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury after complaining of ongoing discomfort.
Southgate told the press immediately after the game that he thought Kane was “fine”, and a scan has determined that England’s talisman has escaped serious injury.
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He is, 90min understands, still feeling the knock, though, despite taking part in training on Wednesday with the rest of England’s squad – Jordan Pickford told the assembled media after training that Kane was “a little bit sore” but had been “on the grass today”.
A late call will be made by Southgate over whether England will risk Kane against the United States, who laboured to a 1-1 draw with Wales having made a bright start to the game.
The Three Lions were exciting and vibrant in their opening encounter against Iran, and took a number of the chances that came their way.
Kane, who is second only to Wayne Rooney in England’s all-time goalscorer list, was not among the scorers, with Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka (two), Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish netting instead in a convincing display.