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Harry Kane will be fit to feature in England’s next World Cup match against the United States on Friday, says manager Gareth Southgate.

The Three Lions captain picked up an ankle injury during the second half of their opening 6-2 win against Iran in Group B and was replaced by Callum Wilson.

Kane underwent a scan on Wednesday to ascertain the severity of the injury, but concerns appeared to be abated after goalkeeper Jordan Pickford confirmed he had trained alongside the rest of the squad.

Now Southgate has said his skipper will be in line to play against the Stars and Stripes in Al Khor for their second match of Qatar 2022.

“Harry is fine. He has worked slightly separately from the group but all good for Friday night,” he told BBC Sport. “He had a scan [on Wednesday] to make sure everything is fine.”

Southgate also confirmed Harry Maguire is set to figure after he was withdrawn midway through the second half on Monday, adding: “He was feeling ill and that was affecting his vision.

“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.”

England will qualify for the knockout rounds with a win over the United States, regardless of the result between Iran and Wales elsewhere in Group B.

Southgate wants to see his side into the last-16 sooner rather than later, adding: “We would like to get qualification done as soon as possible.

“The first objective is to get out of the group. We would love to do that on Friday, but the game won’t be anything like Monday.

“We have to make sure we are back to the psychological place we were at the start because the States will be an athletic team, press really well, be organised [and] well coached.

“They have quite a few players we know from the Premier League. Monday was a great start, and it is that reset to be ready for Friday.”





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