World Cup: Harry Kane returns to full training for England


Harry Kane returns to full training after ankle injury scare as England prepare for their second World Cup game against the United States… but James Maddison remains out of action

  • Harry Kane trained with the rest of the England squad ahead of USA fixture
  • Three Lions play their second World Cup group stage match on Friday night
  • Kane suffered an ankle knock during Monday’s 6-2 thrashing of Iran
  • England skipper trained individually on Wednesday but then rejoined group 
  • James Maddison was the only member of the 26 not to train on Thursday 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

The nation breathed a sigh of relief as Harry Kane returned to full training on Thursday – but James Maddison was still absent ahead of England’s second World Cup game against the United States.

Kane suffered an ankle knock during the 6-2 thrashing of Iran that opened England’s tournament but the scans came back all-clear and he will be fit to play.

The Three Lions captain trained individually on Wednesday but was passed fit to rejoin the group at Al Wakrah on Thursday. 

Harry Kane has returned to full training with England on Thursday ahead of their second World Cup group game against the United States on Friday night

England manager Gareth Southgate speaks with Kane in the gym on Wednesday

England manager Gareth Southgate speaks with Kane in the gym on Wednesday

Kane suffered a knock to his right ankle after a clumsy challenge by Morteza Pouraliganji in England’s 6-2 win against Iran on Monday – the national team’s biggest ever win at the start of a major tournament.

The Spurs striker, who has a history of ankle problems, did play on for 25 minutes but was seen limping after the game and went for a precautionary scan.

But after he completed a lighter training session on Wednesday, England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Kane would be fit to face the United States.

Kane went down clutching his ankle following a clumsy challenge in the opener with Iran

Kane went down clutching his ankle following a clumsy challenge in the opener with Iran 

Iran's Morteza Pouraliganji caught the England captain on the ankle in Monday's game

Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji caught the England captain on the ankle in Monday’s game

The captain hobbled out of Khalifa Stadium following England's victory against Iran

The captain hobbled out of Khalifa Stadium following England’s victory against Iran

‘He is good, he has worked a little bit more individually on Wednesday but he will back in with the team on Thursday and good for the game,’ Southgate said on ITV.

‘We just checked him out, just to see. I think sometimes when you are treating things it is important to know exactly what is there and that was all good.

‘It is not so much the ankle. It is more the foot. It was a poor challenge really but I think it is one that fortunately we have got away with reasonably lightly.’ 

Leicester City winger Maddison missed the opener against Iran with a knee complaint and remained on the sidelines as the rest of the England squad trained.

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