England kicked off their tournament against Iran in impressive style, winning 6-2. Gareth Southgate’s side scored some lovely goals, his debateable selection paid off, and players off the bench impressed.
It was a near perfect afternoon for the Three Lions, but there were some blows. Southgate wasn’t totally pleased with his team’s performance, and Kieran Trippier agreed.
There was concern for Harry Maguire, who was forced off during the second half due to blurred vision. And there was also a big worry for captain Kane.
The England number nine was on the end of a heavy tackle, and received treatment for an ankle problem. He was later replaced by Wilson, who grabbed an assist by setting up Jack Grealish.
It looked like Kane’s departure was just a precaution, but there are now doubts over his fitness.
Harry Kane set for scan amid injury fear
According to the Athletic, the Tottenham talisman will undergo a scan on his right ankle ahead of Friday’s game against USA.
They add that after the game his ankle was lightly strapped, and that he departed the stadium boasting a slight limp.
There will be panic across the nation if Kane is ruled out – even if only for one game. He is England’s leader, and one of the best players we have. While he didn’t score against Iran, he did help himself to two assists.
Kane will be vital if England are to go far in this World Cup, but a possible injury could create an opportunity for Newcastle United’s £20million man.
Wilson could receive more minutes amid Kane fears
If Kane is an injury concern, it means Southgate could be forced to change his striker. And that would mean 30-year-old Wilson is in contention to start an international game for the first time since his England debut in 2018.
Southgate has two options to replace Kane if he has to. One is Wilson, and the other is Marcus Rashford, who scored in Monday’s thrashing of Iran.
However, the Manchester United man is much more comfortable playing off one of the flanks. In contrast, Wilson is an out and out striker who can lead the line like Kane.
For us, it would be a no brainer for Southgate. If Kane is injured, Wilson has to be the man to replace him.
Now we wait to see what the result of Kane’s scan is ahead of Friday.