Southgate provides fitness update on Harry Kane ahead of England vs Wales

England boss Gareth Southgate has insisted that Harry Kane has no injury concerns ahead of the World Cup clash against Wales this evening.

Kane is yet to score in either of England’s opening Group B fixtures and was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge in the second half of the 6-2 victory against Iran last Monday which saw him substituted not long after.

While some of the media (Sky Sports) had claimed that the Tottenham Hotspur marksman had to undergo a scan on his ankle following the tackle, Southgate has clarified that it was his foot that was the receiving location of the blow, rather than his ankle.

Kane is said to be desperate to face Wales such is his desire to break England’s all-time goalscoring record needs just three goals to surpass Wayne Rooney’s tally of 53 for the Three Lions.

Southgate insists that he will pick a strong team with England still to qualify for the next round.

He told The Sun: “We’re obviously going to pick the team we believe we can win. That’s our priority always.”

Southgate added when asked about Kane: “He’s fine in terms of the knock. It’s his foot, not ankle.

“He’s trained well. Only Ben White missing through illness.

“We’ve got pretty much everyone available for selection. It’s a great position to be in.

“It makes selection difficult but we want a full-fit squad.”

Harry Kane
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SpursWeb Opinion

Facing Wales will be a more familiar challenge for England given the two styles on display and will represent something closer to a Premier League fixture that will suit Kane.

The England captain will be keen to get off the mark against their rivals and ensure he has at least one goal to his name entering the knockout stages as he looks to retain his Golden Boot.

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