Harry Kane will be fit to play in Friday’s World Cup match against the United States, says England manager Gareth Southgate.
The striker injured his ankle early in the second half of Monday’s .
Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is feeling “much better” after also being substituted on Monday.
Southgate told the media, “he was feeling ill and that was affecting his vision and you worry about concussion in that instant, but we were going back through all the footage and there is nothing he is in a good area.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has stepped up his training and is available to play on Friday against the USA for what would be his first match since his groin surgery in October.
Midfielder James Maddison, who missed the Iran match because of a knee problem, also did not participate in England’s trianing.
The kicked off on Sunday, with hosts in the tournament’s opening fixture, while Wales got under way on Monday, with Rob Page’s side .
Group stage fixtures
All times in GMT
– November 21
: November 21
: Friday November 25, 10am (GMT), 1pm local time, 5am (ET) (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)
: Friday November 25, 7pm (GMT), 10pm local time, 2pm (ET) (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor),
Iran vs USA: Tuesday November 29, 7pm (GMT), 10pm local time, 2pm (ET) (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha)
: Tuesday November 29, 7pm (GMT), 10pm local time, 2pm (ET) (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan)
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Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Harry Kane is fit to play in the World Cup clash at Al Bayt on Friday after a scan on his foot.
The England captain picked up the knock in the victory over Iran on Monday and .
“He’s good, he’s worked a bit more individually but he’ll be back in with the team (today) and good for the game,” said Southgate on ITV.
“We just checked him out just to see. I think sometimes when you’re treating things it is important to know exactly what is there and that was all good.
“It was a poor challenge really but I think it’s one that fortunately we’ve got away with reasonable lightly.” When asked if he was holding his breath about Kane, Southgate said: “I was when he went down on the pitch but once he went on playing everything was good.”
England’s Group B opponents
Wales reached the World Cup finals in dramatic style via the qualifying play-offs, after beating an impassioned Ukraine side in Cardiff in June. Victory for booked them a trip to the nation’s second ever World Cup finals – their first since 1958.
USA also make after an absence, albeit a less protracted one. After failing to make it to Russia in 2018, USA came third in Concacaf qualifiers to secure their place in Qatar. More so than ever, team players will be familiar to Premier League fans, due to the league’s recent influx of American players, including Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson at Leeds, Antonee Robinson at Fulham, and USA captain Christian Pulisic, who plays for Chelsea.
Whilst Wales and the USA could cause group upset and jostle for runners-up spot, . Although a Fifa ranking of 22 suggests they are by no means one of the weakest sides in the competition statistically, preparations have been marred by infighting while head coach Dragan Skocic has been replaced by former manager Carlos Queiroz, who oversaw the team’s group stage knock-out in Russia.
World Cup schedule
If England win Group B
The winners of Group B will play the runners-up of Group A – Qatar, Holland, Ecuador and Senegal – with the Afcon winners their most likely opponents.
France are favourites to win Group D, over Denmark, Tunisia and Australia, and would face the Group C runner-up out of Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or Poland to win the chance to face England in the quarter-finals, should Southgate’s men make it out of the last-16 knock-out round.
If England reached the semi-finals, they could meet either Belgium or Portugal, strong contenders in Group F and H, and a potential final could see England meet Spain, Brazil, or Germany.
If England finish as runners-up in Group B
This would set up a clash between the winner of Group A, and if England were to beat Holland, they could face Argentina or Denmark in the quarter-finals.
In this scenario, should England make it to the semi-finals, their opponents might be one of either Spain, Germany, or Brazil, the cream of the crop from Groups E and G, to set up a possible final against France, Belgium, or Portugal in Lusail.
The first two quarter-finals will take place on Friday, December 9, at 3pm and 7pm, and will be played at Education City Stadium and Lusail Iconic Stadium. The remaining quarter-finals are on Saturday, December 10, at 3pm and 7pm, and will be played at Al Thumama Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium.
The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14, at Lusail Iconic Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium, with both matches taking place at 7pm.
The World Cup final will take place on Sunday, December 18 at 3pm at Lusail Iconic Stadium.