Harry Kane fit for Denmark clash, says Southgate

Harry Kane fit for Denmark clash, says Southgate

England coach Gareth Southgate has revealed striker is in perfect condition to feature for his side when they take on Denmark on Wednesday night. 

Kane was not part of the England team that beat Wales on Thursday but managed to play the final 24 minutes as they beat Belgium 2-1. Kane had a muscle problem that saw Jose Mourinho go public before the international break as he requested for the striker to be used sparingly. 

However, Southgate has played down talk of a club vs country row as he says he would never take a risk with the fitness of any of his charges and that no one has been injured because of being overworked. 

"I don’t really understand the story because he has been fit since the end of last week," he said.

"Where that is coming from is not the conversations we have been having medically with Spurs and is not affecting us in the camp. He would have started the last game but hadn’t had enough training time. He is fit and available."

"He hasn’t had an injury. He was feeling delayed muscle soreness which can happen to athletes. We don’t risk players. I have been a player. My priority has always been the welfare of players."

"We have never lost a player through an error in our training loading. We pride ourselves on looking after our players. Our issue on Sunday with Harry was if he could perform at the highest level. Now he has a couple more days training it is not even an issue."

Should Kane be handed a start, the Spurs forward is likely to come in for Calvert-Lewin. 

"The result on Sunday was only really good if we get a win against Denmark. To be a top team we have to do that consistently. This team has some experience but for Marcus [Rashford] at 23, Dominic Calvert-Lewin at 23, Declan Rice at 21, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] at 22 and Mason [Mount] at 21, it was a really brilliant experience."

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