Gareth Southgate and Kane

The nation breathed a sigh of relief as Harry Kane returned to full training on Thursday – but James Maddison was still absent ahead of England’s second World Cup game against the United States.

Kane suffered an ankle knock during the 6-2 thrashing of Iran that opened England’s tournament but the scans came back all-clear and he will be fit to play.

The Three Lions captain trained individually on Wednesday but was passed fit to rejoin the group at Al Wakrah on Thursday.

Kane suffered a knock to his right ankle 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 Spurs striker, who has a history of ankle problems, did play on for 25 minutes but was seen limping after the game and went for a precautionary scan.

But after he completed a lighter training session on Wednesday, England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Kane would be fit to face the United States.

‘He is good, he has worked a little bit more individually on Wednesday but he will back in with the team on Thursday and good for the game,’ Southgate said on ITV.

‘We just checked him out, just to see. I think sometimes when you are treating things it is important to know exactly what is there and that was all good.

‘It is not so much the ankle. It is more the foot. It was a poor challenge really but I think it is one that fortunately we have got away with reasonably lightly.’

Leicester City winger Maddison missed the opener against Iran with a knee complaint and went through his fitness work indoors as the rest of the England squad trained in the Doha heat.

Defender Harry Maguire was able to train after recovering from the illness that forced him off in the Iran game.


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