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England boost: Gareth Southgate drops positive Kane & Maguire selection hint ahead of USA clash

England look set to receive good news on Harry Kane and Harry Maguire ahead of their clash with the USA

England face the USA in their second group game on Friday and look set to do so with both Harry Kane and Harry Maguire.

The duo went off injured against Iran in their opening fixture but have both been cleared to feature against the Americans.

Ahead of the game, Gareth Southgate has offered updates on the pair and whether they will be able to start on Friday.

Southgate on Kane: “He’ll be good for the game”

England fans will be letting out a huge sigh of relief following the latest Kane news.

The striker underwent a scan on Tuesday following a tackle that caught his ankle.

The 29-year-old has been troubled by ankle issues in the past and so this was a big concern.

However, Southgate has revealed Kane is “good”, back in training with the team, and available for the second group game.

Southgate revealed: “He’s good. He’s worked a little bit more individually today, but he’ll be back in with the team tomorrow and good for the game.

“We just checked him out just to see. I think, sometimes, when you’re treating things, it’s important to know exactly what is there and that was all good.

“It’s not so much the ankle, it’s more the foot. It was a poor challenge, really, but I think it’s one that, fortunately, we’ve got away with reasonably lightly.”

Southgate on Maguire: “He is in a good area”

Maguire was forced off against Iran due to a slight illness.

Southgate has revealed that it was feared he had suffered a concussion and this was affecting his vision.

But following a review of the game, nothing was spotted to suggest he had and he is fine to feature against the USA.

Southgate told the BBC: “He was feeling ill and that was affecting his vision.

“You worry about concussion in that instant, but we were going back through all the footage and there is nothing, so he is in a good area.”

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Jamie Brown

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