Harry Maguire and Harry Kane were reported to be fit and well despite being absent from England’s open training session on Tuesday. Only the last substitutes and unused players from the 6–2 win took part in the session, as most of the first team worked indoors, including Maguire and Kane.
Callum Wilson was the main exception to the rule, as he underwent what was described as “conditioning foot work” as a precaution after picking up a nuisance during his 14 minutes of action.
Sadly, James Maddison remained the only player to be ruled out entirely from either session as he continues to recover from the injury he picked up on the final weekend of the Premier League campaign.
Before the latest injury update, Maguire had caused the most concern, collapsing to the ground in the 67th minute and clutching his head. Doctors in England checked him out, shining a flashlight into his eye, and the immediate outward view was that he might have suffered some form of concussion.
However, it was later revealed that he was suffering from some kind of disease that caused his vision to be blurred and he was replaced by Eric Dier.
Kane had earlier been forced to the touchline for treatment after the top of his foot appeared to get caught on a challenge just outside the Iran box. He was able to return before play resumed, and was not among the first series of substitute players in the 70 minutes, instead waiting another five before finally making way for Callum Wilson.
England’s second match against the USA at Al Bayt Stadium is on Friday with a kick-off scheduled for cooler temperatures of 10pm As a result, the post-match warm-up session at Al Wakrah Sports Complex will also be it pushed back an hour from usual to 3pm with already lengthening shadows and a refreshing sea breeze.
Kyle Walker was again involved in the main session and is believed to be in contention for the USA match. Despite declaring the match against Iran too early for him to recover from his groin operation, he was still able to fill a spot on the bench of the Khalifa International Stadium.
Meanwhile, Kane hit back after England decided not to wear the One Love rainbow bracelet they had planned following threats of bookings or even suspensions for players who got involved.
Speaking about the situation, Kane said: “We’re disappointed. We wanted to wear it, that decision was taken out of my hands. I arrived at the stadium with the armband I was wearing and they told me I had to wear it.” .
“Look, it’s out of our control as players. I’m sure the FA and FIFA will continue those discussions, but the most important thing is that today we focused on the game and we got a great result.”
“You have seen that in the last five years we have taken a position as a team and we will continue to do so as long as we can. Today we also take our knees, but sometimes these decisions are not up to us.” And that’s the bottom line.”
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