England star Raheem Sterling has told TalkSport that he wasn’t aware his teammate and captain Harry Kane had any injury concerns until he woke up and saw stories about it in the press.
The Three Lions kicked off their World Cup campaign in style with a huge 6-2 win over Iran on Monday. Goals from Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish, and a brace from Bukayo Saka sealed the victory.
It was a fine performance all-round from England. While he didn’t make the scoresheet, Spurs star Harry Kane did contribute two assists and was praised for his overall display.
The only negative to come from the game was the fear that Kane had picked up an injury. As reported by David Ornstein, Kane was spotted with a slight limp and strapping on his ankle after the game.
The Athletic reported Kane was to undergo a scan on his ankle, the results of which appear to indicate no serious damage (Daily Mail). Gareth Southgate has finally now confirmed that Kane will be fit to play against the USA on Friday (SkySports).
All this talk of England’s star man carrying an injury was quite literally news to Raheem Sterling, though, who said he wasn’t aware of the issue. Sterling was full of praise for his teammate when speaking to TalkSport and gave his thoughts on the injury situation.
Sterling said: “He is someone, with his physicality, when he holds the ball up, he can create stuff as well. So, he’s someone you stay close to because you know that he does have a good eye for a pass.”
On the possible injury, he added: “Honestly, I woke up this morning seeing all this stuff. I haven’t even noticed that he had a knock or anything, so I don’t know too much about it. Like everything, you don’t want to see anybody hurt in the squad. We want him on the pitch as much as we can.
“But if worse comes to worse, then we do have a good squad and people that can fill the void. The more we can have him on the pitch, the better for us.”
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It sounds like Kane is fit to play, which means he is likely going to start against the USA. But Southgate does need to be careful to manage his football. If England are 3-0 up in a game, it makes little sense to leave Kane on and risk injury.
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