World Cup: England captain Harry Kane limps off with ankle ligament, but Southgate says he’s ‘fine’

World Cup: England captain Harry Kane limps off with ankle ligament, but Southgate says he’s ‘fine’

England captain Harry Kane limps out of Iran’s World Cup opener with ankle straps in fear of Gareth Southgate … but boss insists he’s ‘fine’ to reporters after match

  • England captain Harry Kane hobbled to the team bus with straps around his ankle
  • Kane played 76 minutes in the Three Lions’ 6-2 win against Iran on Monday
  • The Tottenham striker was replaced after a heavy blow to his right ankle
  • Another ankle injury would be a major concern – but Kane insisted he is ‘fine’
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

England have suffered a huge injury scare after captain Harry Kane limped off to fix his ankle after the World Cup opener against Iran.

The Three Lions skipper was substituted after 76 minutes on Monday afternoon, shortly after Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji was booked for a surprise tackle on him during a 6-2 win for England.

As Kane left the Khalifa Stadium, he limped towards the team bus with his ankle covered in straps – but manager Gareth Southgate insisted he is “fine” with reporters.

England suffered a major injury scare when Harry Kane (centre) limped off with ankle ligaments

England suffered a major injury scare when Harry Kane (centre) limped off with ankle ligaments

The Three Lions captain was sent off after a heavy tackle in Monday's 6-2 win against Iran

The Three Lions captain was sent off after a heavy tackle in Monday’s 6-2 win against Iran

Kane has suffered a number of ankle injuries throughout his career for Tottenham and England – meaning another break would be a significant concern given his status in the team.

The incident, which took place in the 48th minute in Doha, saw centre-back Pouraliganji make a desperate lunge to try and win the ball from the Tottenham striker.

Kane’s ankle got caught between the defender’s leg and the ground and rolled painfully, leaving the star forward in pain.

After receiving several minutes of treatment, he played on but was later replaced by Callum Wilson up front, presumably to prevent further injury.

Kane was crumpled after the slide challenge - but boss Gareth Southgate says he is

Kane crumpled after slide challenge – but boss Gareth Southgate says he’s ‘fine’

The fixing could be a precautionary measure, especially as Southgate told reporters after the match that Kane is OK.

The Sun reports that he will be assessed over the next two days, but England have no serious concerns about his fitness.

England face the USA on Friday before facing Wales on Tuesday in their final Group B match.

On Monday, Bukayo Saka scored a fine double, with Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish also on the scoresheet.

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