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England vs USA: Gareth Southgate says he would be brave to leave Harry Kane out of XI

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Gareth Southgate said it would be a “brave decision” to leave Harry Kane out of England’s starting line-up against the United States after it was confirmed the forward had come to training in good health.

Kane suffered a knock after an awkward challenge from Morteza Pouraliganji in England’s 6-2 win over Iran on Monday – the national team’s biggest win at the start of a major tournament.

The Spurs striker, who has a history of ankle problems, played for 25 minutes but was seen limping after the game and underwent a precautionary examination.

However, Kane returned to training without issue and Southgate suggested his captain would feature from the start on Friday.

“Harry is fine,” he said. “He came to training, no problems, so it would be a brave decision to leave him out of the starting squad.”

Southgate has warned he expects a different level of opposition from the Americans after England enjoyed a relatively easy opener against Iran.

“I think tomorrow’s game will be very different from the first game,” added Southgate.

“They are a team that presses the ball very well and have, with respect, probably a level of player that has more experience in the top European leagues.

“As for tomorrow’s game, it will not be the pattern of the previous one.”

Southgate insisted he would not get carried away after Monday’s convincing victory.

“We are good at speaking highly of ourselves as a nation and based on very little evidence,” he added. “What we have to do is perform on the pitch.

“We know we’re going to face a very motivated team, but we have huge respect for our opponents, we know a lot of them in our league and we know the quality and athleticism they have.

“The risk for us is that we think that because we played well the other day, we can just move on to the next game.

“We have to find that reset button to have the same psychology and the same determination. So I don’t think we will underestimate the American team at all.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org