Southgate admits that it would be a 'brave decision' not to start Kane

Gareth Southgate admits that it would be a ‘brave decision’ not to start Harry Kane against the United States after striker played a full part in training having suffered a knock against Iran

  • Gareth Southgate says it would be a ‘brave decision’ not to start Harry Kane 
  • Kane is set to feature against the United States after recovering from a knock 
  • The Spurs striker came through England’s final training session unscathed 
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Gareth Southgate said it would be a ‘brave decision’ to leave Harry Kane out of his England starting line-up against the United States after confirming the striker had come through training with a clean bill of health.

Kane suffered a knock 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 Tottenham striker, who has a history of ankle problems, managed to play on for 25 minutes before being substituted for Callum Wilson. Kane was also seen limping after the game and went for a precautionary scan.

Gareth Southgate says it would be a ‘brave decision’ if he didn’t start Harry Kane against USA

However, Kane has returned to training without issue and Southgate suggested his captain will feature from the start on Friday.

‘Harry’s good,’ he said. ‘He came through training, no problems, so it would be a brave decision to leave him out of the starting team.’

Southgate warned he expects a different level of opposition from the Americans after England enjoyed a relatively easy opener against Iran.

‘I think tomorrow’s game will be very different to the first match,’ added Southgate.

Southgate suggested Kane will start after coming through training without any problems

‘They are a team that press the ball really well and who have, with respect, probably a level of player that has more experience of playing in top-level European leagues.

‘In terms of tomorrow’s game, it’s not going to be the pattern of the previous one.’

Southgate insisted he would not be getting carried away following Monday’s convincing victory.

‘We’re good at talking highly of ourselves as a nation and on the basis of very little evidence,’ he added. ‘What we’ve got to do is perform on the field.

There were concerns about Kane after he suffered a knock in the game against Iran

Southgate is expecting a very different test against the United States than against Iran

‘We know we’ll be playing a highly motivated team, but we’ve got huge respect for our opponents, we know a lot of them from our league and we know the quality and athleticism they have.

‘The risk for us is that we think because we played well the other day we can just go through to the next game.

‘We’ve got to find that reset button to have the same psychology and determination. So I don’t think we will be underestimating the USA team at all.’

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