World Cup 2022: Jordan Pickford reassures England fans that “Harry Kane is fine”

Harry Kane #9 of England reacts to an injury during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
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England captain Harry Kane is “sore but fine”, according to Jordan Pickford, raising hopes that the striker will be fit to return against the USA on Friday.

Kane was replaced in the second half of the Three Lions’ 6-2 win over Iran on Monday in their World Cup opener.

He picked up an ankle knock during the game but continued for another 25 minutes, and he was later seen with strappings on after the match.

Kane underwent a scan to assess the injury (opens in new tab), but Pickford offered reassurances about his condition. 

"I think he is good, probably a bit sore but he's out on the grass today with us. He's fine," the goalkeeper said, as reported by Sky Sports. (opens in new tab)

Kane has a long history of ankle injuries, which led to fears among England fans about his condition. 

Callum Wilson came on in his place for the final 12 minutes against Iran, and will be the next striker in the pecking order if there is an issue for the Tottenham skipper.

England face the USA, who drew 1-1 with Wales in their opener, at 7pm on Friday at Al Bayt Stadium.

They then round off the group stage with an all-British clash against the Welsh on Tuesday 29 November at 7pm at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.

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