Harry Kane: Gareth Southgate says England and Tottenham striker is 100 per cent fit

Gareth Southgate insists there are no fitness concerns with Harry Kane and says England “don’t risk players” during international duty.

Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday of a potential club versus country row brewing between Tottenham and England over the availability of Kane, who is nursing muscle fatigue.

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The striker was a doubt for Sunday’s Nations League game against Belgium, but emerged as a 66th-minute substitute as England won 2-1 at Wembley.

The 27-year-old, who sat out England’s 3-0 friendly win against Wales on Thursday, has been plagued by injuries, with a hamstring tear last season prompting doubts over his participation in the European Championship before the tournament’s postponement because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Spurs boss Jose Mourinho expressed concerns this month over Kane’s workload and called on Southgate to protect the striker by not playing him in all of England’s games during the international break.


Asked if Kane was fit to start England’s Nations League game at home to Denmark on Wednesday, Southgate said: “Absolutely. He was feeling delayed muscle soreness, which can often happen to athletes but there was no injury at any point.

“Our issue with Harry before Sunday’s game was to be able to perform at the highest level. Now, with the addition of a couple of days’ training, it’s not even an issue.

“He’s been fully fit since the end of last week, just before the last game. He would have started the last game but hadn’t had enough training time.

“He was obviously fine during the game so he’s fit and available.”

On England’s record of keeping players fit, Southgate added: “We don’t risk players. I’ve been a player and my priority is always the welfare of players.

“On very rare occasions, we’ve ended up with a couple of injuries during matches. That’s pretty much unavoidable.

“We’ve never lost a player through an error in terms of our training load. We pride ourselves on looking after the players.

“We want them fit, we want them as sharp as possible for the games.”

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