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

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

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

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

After their World Cup opener, England boss Gareth Southgate initially played down fears over an injury to Kane, saying: “I think Harry’s fine.

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

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Even if the scan shows up nothing serious, Southgate may now choose to rest Kane against the USA to protect him. If Kane can’t play, Wilson would vie for a starting spot with Marcus Rashford, who scored in the win over Iran.

It would be a significant blow to lose the Tottenham star, though. He did not get himself on the scoresheet against Iran but he laid on assists for Rashford and Raheem Sterling.

He is also a proven scorer at major tournaments having scored six times at the 2018 World Cup and another four at Euro 2020.

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