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Gareth Southgate confident Harry Kane could start against Denmark

Gareth Southgate hopes Harry Kane will be fit enough to start for England on Wednesday when the Three Lions face Denmark in the Nations League. Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho called on Southgate not to use his striker in all three matches during the international break due to the congested start to the 2020-21 campaign. Kane missed out on the match against Wales and was a substitute against Belgium. Southgate hopes Kane will be able to start against Denmark.

“Well, medically, there’s been conversations, because that would always be the case,” Southgate told reporters when asked if England had been in contact with Spurs. “He reported on the Sunday, we gave players that reported on Sunday, who weren’t involved in the Wales game for us, we gave them two days’ recovery. He started to train on the Wednesday.”

“He was a little unhappy with how he felt, so then worked with our medical team the next couple of days, we scanned just to be certain but it’s a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury, so it just needed a bit more confidence. He knew by then he could push on a little bit, but he just needed a bit more confidence in it, and so his training week really wasn’t suitable to start the game. I think he’ll have gained more confidence from the spell he had against Belgium, and so all being well, we hope he’ll be good to start on Wednesday.”

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