Harry Kane is ‘fine’ after taking a knock in England’s World Cup win over Iran on Monday, according to Jordan Pickford, but Graeme Souness believes the striker should have been substituted immediately after losing ankle injury.
Kane did not participate in open practice on Tuesday, nor did any of the starters in the 6-2 victory, which is usual a day after a game.
The England captain suffered a knock to his right ankle in the second half and played for 25 minutes before being substituted after 76 minutes and undergoing a CT scan to determine the severity of the injury.
But, speaking to the press ahead of England’s game against the United States in their second World Cup game on Friday, Pickford gave an encouraging update.
“I think he’s good, probably a little sore, but he’s on the pitch today with us. He’s fine, yes,” said the keeper.
The Spurs striker was a key figure for Southgate’s side in the dominant win over Iran, claiming two assists to score goals for both Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford.
England boss Gareth Southgate said after the match Kane’s withdrawal was a precaution, but the striker was later spotted leaving the stadium with a strap around his ankle.
“I think Harry is fine,” the England manager said in his post-match press conference after the win over Iran.
“It looked like a bad tackle, but he carried on into the game. We took him off because we thought it was a moment in the game where we could do it.”
Kane has struggled with his ankles before, missing 14 games in the 2016/17 season. He also missed four games last season with an ankle injury.
Kane’s injury: back on what happened…
49: OUCH! Kane is wiped out by Morteza Pouraliganji – who is booked as a result. Pouraliganji’s weight landed on Kane’s right ankle…
Rob Dorsett at Khalifa International Stadium:
“Oh no, not Kane…”
50: That looked bad for Kane. He winces as he rolls on the floor and is now helped to his feet. Wilson went to warm up as Trippier stood on that free kick. Maybe not as bad as initially feared…
Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:
“Kane’s right ankle just got stuck under Pouraliganji’s body. He’s back on his feet but England have to be careful with him.”
Rob Dorsett at Khalifa International Stadium:
“Kane tries to run away, but he looks nervously at the bench. With his aspirations for a second Golden Boot, you know he won’t want to come off. But he’s far from free in his movements.”
75: UNDER! Kane now gives way to Wilson.
“Kane is an irreplaceable factor in the England team”
Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett:
“Harry Kane’s ankle injury means he is a real doubt for England’s second Group B game. He picked up the injury after a very big challenge in the second half, which left him down for several minutes and he seemed to be in a lot of pain. Kane doesn’t go down easily.
“He was substituted after 76 minutes after trying to play for around 20 minutes. Gareth Southgate said Kane was fine and left as a precaution. I was surprised he said that and I wonder if he was coating it a bit because I was in the stands watching that game and I looked at Kane after the challenge and he really seemed uncomfortable, had difficulty running and looked to communicate with the bench for a long time.
“We now know he’s gone for an ankle scan, we don’t know the results, but it’s worrying. Not only because Kane is the only irreplaceable factor in this team, but also because he has He had ankle problems before, missing 14 games in the 2016/17 season with an ankle injury and four games last term with an injury to his other ankle.
“It’s a problem. He won the Golden Boot four years ago in Russia. How is he? We didn’t see him in training yesterday, we didn’t expect it because it was a recovery session for everyone who featured in this match, they were in the gym, in the pool, Kane definitely would have had a little physio on that ankle and a little more medical attention.
“It’s a training session behind closed doors for England today, so who knows what happens behind closed doors. Tomorrow is the day before England’s game against the United States and all eyes will be on if Kane trains there.”
England’s next matches…
- USA – Friday, November 25, kick-off 7 p.m.
- Wales – Tuesday 29 November, kick-off 7pm
Boyd: England would need a style change without Kane
Sky Sports’ Kris Boyd:
“I think England should change their style of play [if Harry Kane is ruled out]. Callum Wilson isn’t the same player as Kane, or Marcus Rashford in the middle – so they should change.
“It would be a blow. Not just because of his goals, but [the impact] on England’s style of play – because a lot of it depends on Kane.
“Yes, he will want to play, but England were never going to lose the game, so [maybe he should have been subbed off]because of his injury history.”
History of Kane’s ankle issues
Kane had a long battle with ankle injuries that plagued his career. Here’s a look at the English skipper’s long history with ankle issues…
September – November 2016
Kane first suffered an ankle injury in a 1-0 Premier League win over Sunderland in September 2016, after scoring the winner for Tottenham. He fell awkwardly in the final minutes and scans revealed ligament damage. He ended up missing 10 Spurs games, also missing an international break and returned for a 1-1 draw at Arsenal on 6 November.
March – April 2017
The England forward suffered a recurring problem early in the 6-0 FA Cup win at Millwall in March 2017. He got tangled up with Jake Cooper after he was shot and couldn’t continue. Fears were that he would be out for a period similar to the start of the season, but he missed just three Spurs games.
March – April 2018
Almost a year after his last problem, Kane fell back and it was a worrying time for Tottenham and England fans ahead of the World Cup. It looked serious as the striker had to limp against Bournemouth after being
caught trying to put the ball in the net. However, it was a quick recovery from Kane, who missed just one Tottenham game, as well as two games against England.
January – February 2019
Another ankle problem for the England captain came at the start of 2019 and this time it was a bad problem. He fell at the end of Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United and only returned to action after playing at Burnley almost six weeks later, returning with a goal.
April – June 2019
Just over six weeks after his return, Kane suffered a lateral ligament injury in his left ankle in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City. He missed nine matches and returned to start the Champions League final on June 1 but could not prevent Liverpool winning 2-0.
January – February 2021
Kane, who suffered a serious hamstring injury in 2020, was back in treatment for his ankle after leaving against Liverpool following a tough challenge. A scan showed no serious ligament damage and he was able to return in 10 days, missing two games.
Two months later, Kane was limping against Everton after an 89th-minute challenge in what turned out to be Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge of Tottenham. There were immediate concerns over the striker’s fitness for the Carabao Cup final the following weekend, but he was fit, having missed a midweek win over Southampton.
Is England’s injury crisis brewing?
More from Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett:
“There is another problem because Callum Wilson is probably the natural replacement if Harry Kane is hurt. Marcus Rashford might have something to say about that after he came on and scored after 49 seconds against Iran – and played as an outright No.9 for Manchester United this season – so maybe he would get the green light in front of Wilson, anyway.
“But Wilson wasn’t training yesterday when we expected him to be because he’s on a load management program, as England and physios call it, and that means that they have concerns about certain elements of his legs and that they didn’t want him to run around and potentially make something worse.
“We don’t think it’s too serious, but, again, we didn’t think James Madisonde’s injury was too bad when he came into camp with a slight knee injury and he told us he had had a CT scan and there was no serious damage. Maddison hasn’t trained with England at all since they’ve been here in Qatar for a week now.
“With Kane leaving the stadium in hooping, problems with Wilson – that really leaves Rashford only the striker in top form for England at the moment. Rahim Sterling came out against Iran because he received a heavy blow – we are waiting to see how he is. Kieran Trippieras well – but I understand he will be just fine.
“There is a growing sense of injury problems with England. We expect Kyle Walker be fit and back. But the injuries are starting to pile up and the most worrying – right at the top of that list – is England captain Kane.”