More Kane concern: Harry’s swollen ankle raises alarm as evidence suggests it was heavily strapped during USA clash… but England captain may not get a chance to rest up with all still to play for ahead of crucial ‘Battle of Britain’ with Wales
- England were held to a frustrating draw by the USA in Friday’s World Cup clash
- Harry Kane played in the match despite being doubtful with an ankle injury
- Images after the draw showed the England captain’s swollen ankle
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- IAN LADYMAN: Every one of Southgate’s players was under-par except Maguire
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Harry Kane’s ankle looked worryingly swollen in the moments following England’s disappointing 0-0 draw with the USA.
The Tottenham man had a scan earlier in the week, but was deemed fit to maintain the captain’s armband in an unchanged side for England’s second game.
However, Gareth Southgate’s squad failed to build on the momentum of Monday’s 6-2 win against Iran with the goalless draw at the Al Bayt Stadium, where they struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Harry Kane’s ankle injury looked particularly troubling after England’s 0-0 draw with the USA
The England captain was seen with a swollen ankle which underwent a scan on Wednesday
It meant England failed to secure their place in the knockout phase, and must avoid a heavy defeat to Wales to progress further.
Kane’s involvement will continue to be questioned though, especially based on the images which showed the 29-year-old’s swollen ankle.
In the moments after the draw, Kane went up into the crowd to kiss his wife Katie Goodland, and have a brief catch-up with his family.
Post-match, Kane did not comment on his ankle problem, and instead focused on the nature of the result.
According to England Football, Kane said: ‘It wasn’t our best performance, for sure. We had some good spells with the ball and created some good positions. We just didn’t quite have the final product. It was a great clean sheet and puts us in a great position in the group.
After the draw, Kane went into the crowd to have a brief catch-up with his wife and family
Katie Goodland, left, was in the stands of the Al Bayt Stadium during Friday’s late kick-off
‘It was just about being clinical. It was a complete contrast to the game against Iran when we took our chances really well. Today we had two or three good opportunities and didn’t quite put them away. They’re a tough team, and we move on.
‘They pressed really well, we knew before the game they’d come out and make it difficult for us. I thought at times we dealt with it well. They’re a good side, you have to respect them. A draw isn’t the end of the world for us and puts us in a good position in the group. We look forward to the next one.
‘We know we can play better than that, for sure. It’s a draw in a World Cup, no game is easy in a World Cup. After the first performance, people thought we’d landslide every team we played. It’s not the case. We came up against a really organised team with some quality players and we had to respect that. A clean sheet is really pleasing. A point’s not what we came here for but it leaves us in a really good position.’
After the match Kane said a point was an okay result, hailing the US as ‘a really organised team’
England must avoid a heavy defeat against Wales to progress into the group stages, but with no certainties, Southgate might be reluctant to make too many changes.
Kane will want to play a part in the knock-out phase, and that might mean he sits out the match against England’s neighbours to reduce the strain on his ankle.
The England captain did not score in the group stages of Euro 2020, but struck crucial goals against Germany, Ukraine and Denmark as Southgate’s side made it to the final of last year’s competition.
Kane also did not score in the group stages at Euro 2020, but got crucial goals in later rounds
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