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Gareth Southgate admits it would be a ‘brave decision’ not to start Harry Kane against USA

Harry Kane and Harry Maguire are fit and ready for England’s crucial World Cup clash against the USA on Friday night after recovering from injury and illness.

The duo have given manager Gareth Southgate a big boost, who insisted the couple will be available on Thursday.

England captain Kane underwent a physical examination after suffering a blow to the ankle against Iran on Monday but was cleared to resume training on Wednesday.

Southgate said: “Harry is fine, he came through practice without any problems – it would be a brave decision to drop him from the starting team. He’s in a good room. Definitive.

“We managed him a little bit through training last week because he’s been charging so much, so we’re always aware of that. Some players need a little more training, some maybe do half a session, it depends on their individual load.

“Some haven’t played football that much and sometimes need to push a little more, so we always prepare that individually.”

Maguire is also ready to start tonight with an unchanged squad after recovering from an illness that saw him substituted against Iran.

There were concerns the defender was suffering from a concussion, but a thorough examination by England medics and FIFA – who analyzed numerous camera angles – ensured he had not suffered a hit to the head.

“We think part of that was dehydration,” Southgate said. “Due to the concussion awareness, we reviewed all of this very carefully and so did FIFA because it is one of the most important things their medical department does at this tournament. There’s no evidence of that, but you still want to check because he was uncomfortable and why was that?’

James Maddison again did not train with the rest of the squad.

Southgate also confirmed the FA had been in touch with FIFA over their concerns over VAR in the 6-2 win over Iran.

Maguire was denied a penalty after being tackled by Rouzbeh Cheshmi in rugby in the first half, but Iran were later awarded a penalty via VAR after John Stones was caught slightly tugging on striker Morteza Pouraliganji’s shirt.

The English camp was angered by the decision not to award a penalty for the Maguire incident – particularly after an incident in the box involving Kalvin Phillips of England’s 5-0 win over Albania last November was used as an example of a foul in a video , which was shown to the officials before the World Cup. This had led to fears that England could be unfairly attacked by referees in Qatar.

The FA have submitted a report to FIFA and are awaiting their response.

Stones said: “We sat in a pre-tournament refereeing meeting and we shared certain things and I get frustrated when those don’t get confirmed. It’s difficult because we’re trying to adapt our game to the way they want to reef things. I understand they have a super tough job these days with all the cameras, but there needs to be some clarity.

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