England manager Gareth Southgate has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will be fit enough to feature heavily in the Three Lions’ clash with Denmark on Wednesday.
Kane was a notable absentee from England’s starting line-up for their 2-1 win against Belgium on Sunday. Southgate had confirmed prior to the game that the forward was suffering from muscular fatigue and was therefore rested to prevent the 27-year-old sustaining an injury.
Tottenham concerns over Kane gamble
Despite missing out on the starting line-up, Kane was still brought onto the field in the 66th minute of England’s clash with Belgium, and the forward was able to get through his cameo off the bench unscathed, which is a positive sign over the striker’s fitness.
However, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho had been keen to warn Southgate over concerns with Kane’s potential fitness after a hectic opening month of the campaign for Spurs. The 27-year-old did not make the squad for the Three Lions’ friendly against Wales as a result.
Speaking to the Daily Mail after the win against Belgium, Southgate confirmed that Kane is set to be much more involved for the Three Lions against Denmark in their final match of the international break, eith the England manager suggesting that his captain is fit enough to feature.
He said: “We are hoping that Harry, with that progression tonight, he will get more confidence. Certainly, Harry should be able to have more minutes (against Denmark).”
Spurs can only hope Southgate decision does not cost them
Kane has been in very good form for Spurs in the opening weeks of the campaign, having already registered three goals and six assists in the Premier League. The forward has been integral to helping Tottenham become more efficient in the final third by dropping deeper and linking the play, having averaged 2.8 key passes per game and created six big chances, as per Sofascore.
However, dropping deeper to link the play means Kane has been going through more work than would usually be anticipated from a centre forward. Therefore, Southgate could be gambling with Kane’s fitness, which could be a worry for fans of Spurs.
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