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Harry Kane training for England after ankle injury ahead of World Cup clash with USA

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Harry Kane trained on Wednesday and England are optimistic the striker will be fit for Friday’s 2022 World Cup clash against the United States.

Gareth Southgate’s men enjoyed the Three Lions’ best start to a major tournament, beating Iran 6-2 as their quest for glory in Qatar began in style on Monday.

Kane provided two assists and played 75 minutes of the Group B opener, seemingly escaping injury despite suffering pain in his right foot early in the second half.

Southgate played down the issue but the 29-year-old left Khalifa International Stadium with a slight limp and his right ankle slightly bound following a poor challenge from Morteza Pouraliganji.

Kane was due to undergo a CT scan on his right ankle ahead of the game against USA and it appears the striker avoided injury as he trained with the squad on Wednesday.

The official England Twitter account shared a photo of the striker in training along with the caption ‘skipper’ and a fist emoji.

Kane is due in training again on Thursday and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has moved in to allay fears over the skipper’s availability.

“I think he’s fine, probably just a little bad,” the Three Lions goalkeeper said at their base at Al Wakrah Sports Complex.

“I’m sure he’s fine, he was on the grass with us today which is good. He’s our captain.

“Everyone will try their luck. 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.”

Harry Maguire also looks good to face USA after coming out on top against Iran feeling bad. The defender took part in England training on Wednesday.

Callum Wilson was not but it is not believed to be any doubt about his fitness, while James Maddison was out again as he recovers from a knee complaint that left him had ruled out against Iran.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org