England captain Harry Kane was pictured wearing a £520,000 rainbow Rolex as he arrived at FIFA’s stadium in Doha on Monday ahead of England’s World Cup win over Iran.
It comes as FIFA finds itself embroiled in a controversy over host nation Qatar’s human rights record, particularly its ban on homosexuality.
Teams were told not to wear OneLove armbands in support of the LGBTQ+ community, although German players protested by putting their hands over their mouths before the match against Japan – a signal to be silenced.
Kane’s rainbow Rolex – potentially a reference to the rainbow Pride flag – could be interpreted as a similar symbolic protest.
Instagram account Insane Luxury Life shared a photo of Kane wearing the watch, which was previously worn by Stormzy at the 2020 Brit Awards.
They captioned it: ‘England captain @harrykane wears a rare @rolex Daytona ‘Rainbow’ 116595RBOW in 18k rose gold, one of the most sought after pieces on the market.
England captain Harry Kane was pictured wearing a £520,000 rainbow Rolex as he arrived at FIFA’s stadium in Doha on Monday ahead of England’s World Cup win over Iran
Kane’s rainbow Rolex – potentially a reference to the rainbow Pride flag – could be interpreted as a possible protest against host nation Qatar’s human rights record
Instagram account Insane Luxury Life shared a photo of Kane wearing the watch, with its unique rainbow border around the watch
England captain Harry Kane wears the One Love Rainbow Armband during the UEFA Nations League match against Italy. He has been banned from wearing the armband by FIFA during the Qatar 2022 World Cup
The statement watch was previously worn by Stormzy at the 2020 Brit Awards
‘This masterpiece is set with 36 baguette-cut rainbow sapphires on the bezel, 56 brilliant-cut diamonds on the case and 11 baguette-cut rainbow-coloured sapphires as hour markers.
“The Daytona Rainbow was first released in 2012 in 18k white gold and 18k yellow gold, at that time they were not much appreciated by the market. #Rolex.’
They then shared that the retail price is $135,850, while today’s market price is $650,000.
Kane returned to full training on Thursday – but James Maddison was still absent ahead of England’s second World Cup match against the USA.
Kane suffered an ankle knock during the 6-2 thrashing of Iran that opened England’s tournament, but scans came back clear and he will be fit to play.
The Three Lions captain trained individually on Wednesday but was cleared to join the group at Al Wakrah on Thursday.
Harry Kane has returned to full training with England on Thursday ahead of their second World Cup group game against the USA on Friday night
Kane returned to full training on Thursday, meaning James Maddison was the only absentee
Fortunately, Kane showed no hint of ankle trouble as he trained at England’s Al Wakrah base
England manager Gareth Southgate talks to Kane in the gym on Wednesday
Kane suffered a blow to his right ankle after a clumsy challenge from Morteza Pouraliganji in England’s 6-2 win over 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, played for 25 minutes but was seen limping after the game and went for a pre-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.
MailOnline revealed in September that Kane employed a highly respected Spaniard, who works out of Ontario, Canada, to help him cure his well-documented ankle problems.
The pundit has done wonders for Kane, who has been relatively injury-free for over two years after a history of niggling problems – particularly with his ankles.
The latest development comes as a huge boost for England manager Gareth Southgate
Elorriaga Claraco, who studied at the University of Oviedo in Spain and McMaster University in Canada, works with Kane once a month away from Tottenham’s training center in Enfield.
The Football Association is aware of Kane’s contact with Elorriaga Claraco during the tournament.
Tottenham’s chief executive of football Fabio Paratici is also in Doha and has been kept up to date on the forward’s condition given Kane’s huge importance to the Premier League club.
Speaking on Wednesday, Kane’s team-mate Jordan Pickford allayed concerns over the Tottenham forward’s form: “I think he’s good, a bit sore but he’s fine and has been out with us on the pitch. He is our captain, he has been good. He is fine.’