World Cup 2022: England captain Harry Kane ready to play against USA – Gareth Southgate

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

The forward injured his ankle early in the second half of Monday’s opener 6-2 win over Iran in group B and was later replaced.

“Harry’s fine. He’s been working slightly apart from the team but all good for Friday night,” Southgate said.

“He scanned [on Wednesday] to make sure everything is fine.”

Tottenham’s Kane has scored 51 goals in 76 appearances for the Three Lions, two behind Wayne Rooney’s record of 53.

Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is feeling “much better” after also being substituted on Monday.

“He was feeling sick and it was affecting his vision,” Southgate told BBC Sport. “You worry about a concussion at the time, but we’ve been looking back at all the footage and there’s nothing, so he’s in good territory.”

Defender Kyle Walker has stepped up his training and is available to play on Friday for his first game since groin surgery in October.

Striker Callum Wilson did not train in a light session with the rest of the substitutes at England’s Al Wakrah training base on Wednesday but is not considered a fitness doubt.

Midfielder James Maddison, who missed the match against Iran with a knee problem, also did not train.

England will qualify for the last 16 if they beat the United States and Southgate added: “We would like to complete qualification as soon as possible.

“The first goal is to get out of the group.

“We’d like to do it on Friday, but the game won’t be like Monday.

“We have to make sure we get back to the psychological position we were in at the beginning because the United States is going to be an athletic team, they’re going to push really well, they’re going to be organized, they’re going to train well.

“They have a number of players we know from the Premier League and they showed their best in the first half against Wales.

“Monday was a great start and it’s that reset to get us ready for Friday.”

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