FIFA World Cup: Review and reaction of the crazy day
England continue their World Cup campaign against the United States on Friday, with Gareth Southgate’s side boosted by news that Harry Kane has escaped an ankle injury following a CT scan.
The England captain has returned to training after fearing he would miss the Group B clash, having suffered a knock on the ankle following a heavy challenge in Monday’s 6-2 win over Iran.
Elsewhere, the dust has still settled on the second major clash of the World Cup, following Japan’s resounding victory over Germany. The result came after Germany protested FIFA’s decision to impose sporting sanctions on the ‘OneLove’ armband.
Spain caught the eye with a 7-0 thrashing against Costa Rica while Belgium beat Canada in their opener. Today’s action begins with Switzerland v Cameroon before the focus turns to Group G with Uruguay’s game against South Korea and Portugal’s clash against Ghana.
All eyes will therefore be on Cristiano Ronaldo in his first game since leaving Manchester United – with Brazil also in action later as they take on Serbia. Follow all the news of the World Cup on our blog, below
Germany will not be punished by Fifa for a protest against the World Cup
The German players will face no disciplinary action from Fifa after taking the OneLove armband protest to a new level as their players covered their mouths during a team photo at the World Cup.
The move marked another day of tension between the seven European nations that have backed the OneLove campaign and Fifa, with the group – which includes the English and Welsh FAs – exploring their legal options in the matter.
The Football Association declined to say whether the England squad would copy the German gesture ahead of their game against the United States on Friday, while Football Association of Wales chief executive Noel Mooney said he was ‘furious’ the behavior of Fifa.
England and Wales were only told hours before their opening matches on Monday that they would face sporting penalties if captains Harry Kane and Gareth Bale wore the rainbow-coloured armbands -in sky.
Jamie BraidwoodNovember 24, 2022 08:10
Harry Kane training for England after ankle injury ahead of World Cup clash with USA
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.
Jamie BraidwoodNovember 24, 2022 08:05
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Jamie BraidwoodNovember 24, 2022 08:00