England got World Cup scare with Harry Kane set for ankle scan

England could be set for a World Cup clash with Harry Kane requiring a scan on an ankle injury.

Kane suffered a severe blow to his ankle in the 6-2 thrashing of Iran before being replaced by Callum Wilson in the second half.

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It is not yet known whether the injury will keep him out of the Three Lions’ second group stage match against the USA on Friday, although we understand he is a major doubt.

After the World Cup opener, England boss Gareth Southgate initially played down fears of an injury to Kane, saying: “I think Harry is fine.

“It looked like a bad tackle but he continued in the game. We took him off because we felt there was a moment in the game we could do it.

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Although the scan shows nothing serious, Southgate may now opt to rest Kane against USA to protect him. If Kane is unable to play, Wilson would compete for a starting spot with Marcus Rashford, who scored in the win over Iran.

However, it would be a huge blow to lose the Tottenham star. He didn’t get on the scoresheet against Iran but he provided assists for Rashford and Raheem Sterling.

He is also a proven goalscorer in major tournaments having scored six goals at the 2018 World Cup and a further four at Euro 2020.

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