England optimistic that Harry Kane will be fit to face the USA on Friday

File photo dated 21-11-2022 of England’s Harry Kane holds his ankle. England captain Harry Kane is set to have a scan on his right ankle before Friday�s World Cup match against the United States, the PA news agency understands. The 29-year-old provided two assists in the Three Lions� 6-2 win against Iran as they opened the tournament with a bang on Monday at the Khalifa International Stadium. Issue date: Wednesday November 23, 2022. (PA Wire)
File photo dated 21-11-2022 of England’s Harry Kane holds his ankle. England captain Harry Kane is set to have a scan on his right ankle before Friday�s World Cup match against the United States, the PA news agency understands. The 29-year-old provided two assists in the Three Lions� 6-2 win against Iran as they opened the tournament with a bang on Monday at the Khalifa International Stadium. Issue date: Wednesday November 23, 2022. (PA Wire)

England are optimistic that Harry Kane will be fit to face the United States, with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford confirming the skipper was “fine” and trained with team-mates.

The 29-year-old went down gripping his right foot in pain after being caught by a poor Morteza Pouraliganji challenge shortly after half-time in Monday’s 6-2 Group B win against Iran.

Kane played on until the 75th minute but was seen leaving England’s World Cup with a slight limp and his right ankle lightly strapped.

I'm sure he is fine, he was out on the grass with us today

Jordan Pickford on Harry Kane

The Football Association remained tight-lipped about Kane’s fitness on Tuesday, but it is understood the striker was due for a scan before Friday’s clash with the USA.

Team-mates are optimistic that Kane will be fine and Pickford allayed concerns when speaking at Al Wakrah Sports Complex base on Wednesday.

“I think he is good, probably just a little bit sore,” the Three Lions goalkeeper said.

“I’m sure he is fine, he was out on the grass with us today which is good. He is our captain.”

The development is a boost for England, whose manager Gareth Southgate had downplayed concerns over the issue immediately after the Iran game.

“I think Harry’s fine,” the manager said of the 2018 Golden Boot winner.

“I mean, it obviously looked a bad tackle but he carried on in the game and we took him off, really, because we felt it was a moment we could do that.”