“We should be biting our nails. England CANNOT do without him’: Three Lions will struggle to go all the way as Harry Kane’s injury rules him out, Sportsmail experts tell WORLD CUP CONFIDENTIAL
England’s chances of winning the World Cup will be dealt a ‘heavy blow’ if Harry Kane’s ankle injury against Iran is worse than initially feared.
The Three Lions captain was substituted in the second half of England’s 6-2 win over Iran on Monday Sports mail has since revealed that Kane will undergo a scan of his ankle ahead of the second game against the USA.
While Gareth Southgate initially suppressed fears of long-term post-match injuries, there are growing concerns that Kane could be out longer than initially expected, and Sportsmail’s Oliver Holt admitted England fans should be ‘biting their nails’ ahead of his scan on Wednesday. .
Harry Kane will undergo a scan of his ankle ahead of the World Cup match between England and the US
Holt, Chief Sports Writer of The Mail on Sunday, spoke as part of Sports mailand MailPlusdaily videocast ‘World Cup confidential’. It will appear on MailOnline every morning of the tournament and can be found on our YouTube channel.
“I think we have to bite our nails and I don’t think we can handle it (without him),” Holt confessed.
“To a certain extent we can handle it, but I don’t think we can win the World Cup without Harry Kane. I think we can still progress in the league, but I think he’s our most important player, I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves.
And I think for obvious reasons his kind of contributions were kind of overshadowed against Iran because of the performances of, well, Jude Bellingham in particular.
“But I thought Kane was great against Iran. He connects everything, he sets up plays, he keeps the ball up.
“He’s a really smart player and I think it would be a very hard blow if he was excluded from the tournament. I think we could go a few games without him, but it would be a big blow if he were excluded.’
The captain caught his ankle against Iran in the second half and was substituted
Despite leaving for Qatar as the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner, Kane has become a vital part of England’s creativity in creating chances for the likes of Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown joined Holt on the videocast praising Kane’s creativity during the World Cup opener, comparing him to former Three Lions star David Beckham.
Keown said, “He’s adapting really well because we’re becoming much more of a team now. When you watch Bellingham running from deep, Mount getting into the box, Kane dragging people out.
“Kane almost looked like Beckham in wide positions last night, which is about the best compliment I can give him, because he’s the best cross of the ball I’ve ever seen.
Martin Keown has compared Kane’s game to that of former England star David Beckham
“Kane is now adjusting him with those assists. It is vital that he stays fit for the remainder of this tournament. I just hope it’s a preliminary thing, they just want to check that everything is okay.
“I know he’s done a lot of rehabilitation work on those ankles, he’s been doing that all his career now, getting stronger and stronger.
“He got up and looked good, so let’s hope it’s a precaution and Harry Kane gets back on the field because he’s super important to what we’re trying to achieve.”
After the win against Iran, Southgate downplayed Kane’s injury and predicted the striker would play ‘fine’ against the US.
In-form Newcastle star Callum Wilson would be the favorite to replace Kane against the USA
He said, “I think Harry is fine. It looked like a bad tackle, but he continued in the game. We took him off because we felt it was a moment in the game when we could do that.’
If Kane is ruled out for Friday’s clash, Sports emails Women’s football correspondent Kathryn Batte believes Southgate should opt for in-form Newcastle striker Callum Wilson in attack.
She said: “I think it depends on the team, but he will be tempted to go for Callum Wilson.
“It’s like for like, but it’s clear that (Marcus) Rashford’s pace can take you further down the field. If I were Gareth I’d probably go for Callum Wilson.’