Harry Kane STARTS for England, after overcoming injury against Iran. Gareth Southgate names unchanged lineup to face USA in second World Cup group game
Gareth Southgate has kept the same starting lineup for England’s match against the USA tonight.
After Spurs’ star suffered a knock during the 6-2 victory over Iran, Captain Harry Kane’s participation in England’s second group phase fixture was in doubt.
The 29-year old trained with his teammates yesterday and is now ready to lead the team out at Al Bayt Stadium.
Gareth Southgate named an unchanged side to England’s second round. World Cup fixture
After sustaining an injury, Harry Kane will play for England against the USA.
After a poor challenge by Iran, Kane fell clutching his ankle.
‘Harry’s good, he came through training with no problems — it would be a brave decision to leave him out of the starting team. He’Is in a good area. Definitely.’ Manager of England explained.
We managed him a bit last week through training due to the load he’s had, so we’re always aware of that. Some players might need a bit more training and some might only be able to do half the session depending on how heavy their load is.
Confirmed England VIII: Jordan Pickford. Kieran Trippier. Harry Maguire. John Stones. Luke Shaw. Declan Rice. Jude Bellingham. Mason Mount. Bukayo Saka. Raheem Sterling. Harry Kane.
Harry Maguire’s involvement was also a concern following the Manchester United star replaced on Monday by a sickly player. However, he is now fit enough to join John Stones at the centre of defense.
Concerns had been raised about the possibility that the 29 year-old defender had suffered from a concussion. World Southgate stated that the Cup opener was because Southgate believed dehydration was a contributing factor to the defender feeling unwell.
“We think that an element of that was the dehydration.”
Harry Maguire, who was forced off by illness during the win over Iran, also begins in the centre defence
Southgate explained to Maguire that Maguire was feeling unwell due to ‘dehydration.
“Because concussion is a key issue in this tournament’s medical department, we’ve reviewed all of it really carefully and FIFA as well.
James Maddison is still recovering from his knee injury in Leicester’s Premier League final fixture. He has not been included in the squad. World Cup break.
Southgate suggested earlier this week that Maddison may be back for the final Group A clash against Wales, after he had once again trained in isolation to speed his recovery.