Harry Kane plans to train normally ahead of the World Cup match between England and USA due to injury concerns.
G.Areth Southgate’s side made a huge leap forward to the playoffs with a 6-2 win over Iran in their Group B opening on Monday.
Kane had two assists and played 75 minutes against Iran, but had to rake his right ankle after being caught in a clumsy tackle by Morteza Pouraliganci early in the second half.
However, the 29-year-old was given the green light to train on Wednesday, and England’s official Twitter account shared a photo taken during training, along with a caption and a fist emoji.
Kane is scheduled to train again at the Al Wakrah Sports Complex on Thursday, and his teammates are taking action to allay concerns about the captain’s suitability.
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford said: ‘I think I’m fine. It probably hurts a little bit.
“I’m sure he’s fine. He was on the grass with us today. That’s fine. He’s our captain.”
England right-back and former Tottenham team-mate Kyle Walker earned a similar mark.
I’m sure he’s fine. He was on the lawn with us today.he is our captainHarry Kane’s Jordan Pickford
“H is good,” said the right back. “Obviously, those who played the other day were more comfortable in the session than those who didn’t.
“Listen, we go into Friday and the most important thing we want out of this group is three points.”
Kane’s fitness will be one of the first questions Southgate will be asked about the fitness of other players at a press conference in Doha on Thursday.
Harry Maguire was in poor form against Iran, but was in England’s practice on Wednesday.
Callum Wilson did not train and his condition is believed to be unquestioned, while James Madison again missed the Iranian game as he recovered from a sore knee.
Walker is also practicing and hopes to score the first few minutes after groin surgery in October.
“I’m ready,” said the right-back. “I’ve been training for two weeks and I’m feeling good.
“Can you replicate what you did on game day? Of course I can’t. Me and my physiotherapist, me and my fitness trainer, you can’t go 11 to 1 against each other.
“Before I go to practice and hit the ball with the kids, I can do everything I can, so I feel good.”
Author: Simon Peach, Pennsylvania Senior Football Writer, Al Wakrah
Source: Belfast Telegraph