England are optimistic about Harry Kane’s ability to face the United States, with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford confirming the skipper is “well” and training with his teammates.
The 29-year-old injured his right foot after being caught by a poor challenge from Morteza Pouraliganji shortly after half-time in Monday’s 6-2 Group B win over Iran.
Kane played until the 75th minute but was seen leaving the England World Cup with a slight limp and his right ankle slightly bound.
The Football Association remained tight-lipped on Kane’s fitness on Tuesday, but it is understood the forward was due for a CT scan ahead of Friday’s clash with the United States.
His teammates are optimistic that Kane will be fine and Pickford allayed concerns during his speech at the base of the Al Wakrah sports complex on Wednesday.
“I think he’s good, probably just a little sore,” said the Three Lions keeper. “I’m sure he’s fine, he was on the grass with us today which is good. He’s our captain.
The development is a boost for England, whose manager Gareth Southgate played down concerns over the issue immediately after the game against Iran.
“I think Harry is fine,” the manager said of the 2018 Golden Boot winner. took it off, really, because we felt like it was a time when we could do it.”
Pickford is confident England would have the depth strength to cope if their top scorer were absent.
“Everyone will try their luck,” he added. “When Harry left, Callum (Wilson) came in and got an assist.
“Everyone trains very hard. Obviously Harry is an amazing player, he’s the leader and the captain.”