October 30, 2020

Harry Kane NOT injured and has been fully-fit since last week despite starting Belgium game on the bench, says Southgate

Harry Kane NOT injured and has been fully-fit since last week despite starting Belgium game on the bench, says Southgate

ENGLAND boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed star man Harry Kane is NOT injured.

The Three Lions boss started the Spurs’ striker on the bench in the 2-1 victory over Belgium but introduced him in the 66th minute.

Gareth Southgate confirmed that Harry Kane is not injured

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Gareth Southgate confirmed that Harry Kane is not injuredCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

It raised doubts over the 27-year-old’s fitness after SunSport exclusively revealed he had strained a muscle in training.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho had also urged the Three Lions boss to ‘respect’ Kane over the international break.

But Southgate has denied the striker is injured but did admit to him having muscle soreness.

Ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Denmark, he said: “I don’t really understand the story.

“He would have started the last game but did not have enough training time and was fine during the game, so is fit and available.

“I did not understand the stories being run and where that is coming from because they are not the conversations we have been having with Spurs medically. It is something that is not really affecting us in camp.

“He has been fully fit since the end of last week, just before the last game. He has not had an injury, he was feeling muscle soreness which can happen to athletes but there was no injury at any point.”

Kane headed into the international break on the back of 10 games in the last 29 days.

Southgate added: “We do not risk players, I have been a player and my priority is the welfare of players.

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Kane was introduced in the 66th minute against Belgium

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Kane was introduced in the 66th minute against BelgiumCredit: Reuters

“We have never risked a player, have never lost a player through an error in our training loading and we pride ourselves in looking after the player.

“We want them fit, we want them as sharp as possible for the games and our issue with Harry before Sunday’s game was about being able to perform at the highest level.

“Now he has got an additional couple of days training in and it is not even an issue.”

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