England confirmed XI vs USA: Harry Kane STARTS in unchanged side

Harry Kane STARTS for England after overcoming injury against Iran as Gareth Southgate names unchanged line-up to face USA in second World Cup group game

  • Gareth Southgate named an unchanged side for England’s second World Cup tie
  • Harry Kane will lead the Three Lions out in their Group B game against the USA
  • The England captain will start despite an injury scare in the victory over Iran
  • Harry Maguire also retains his place in the team after recovering from illness
  • James Maddison is once again left out as he continues his recovery from injury
  • Follow Sportsmail’s live match blog for England v USA latest score and updates
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Gareth Southgate has named an unchanged starting line-up for England’s game against the USA this evening.

Captain Harry Kane’s involvement in England’s second group stage fixture had been in doubt after the Spurs star suffered a knock in the 6-2 win over Iran.

But the 29-year-old trained alongside his teammates yesterday and will be fit to lead the squad out at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Gareth Southgate has named an unchanged side for England’s second World Cup fixture

Harry Kane will start for England in the game against the USA following injury concerns

Kane went down clutching his ankle following a clumsy challenge in the opener with Iran 

‘Harry’s good, he came through training with no problems — it would be a brave decision to leave him out of the starting team. He’s in a good space. Definitely.’ The England manager explained.

‘We managed him a little bit last week through training because of the load he has had so we’re always conscious of that. Some players need a little bit more training, some might do half a session, it depends on what their individual load has been.

Confirmed England XI: Jordan Pickford, Kieran Trippier, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Luke Shaw, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.

Harry Maguire’s involvement had also been a concern after the Manchester United star was replaced on Monday due to illness, but he has recovered to start alongside John Stones in the centre of defense.

There had been concerns that the 29-year-old defender had suffered a concussion before being replaced in England’s World Cup opener, but Southgate explained that he believes dehydration was a factor in the defender feeling unwell.

‘We think an element of that was dehydration.’

Harry Maguire also starts in the centre of defence after being forced off due to illness in win over Iran

Southgate explained that ‘dehydration’ had played a part in Maguire feeling unwell

‘Because of the awareness of concussion we’ve checked back through all of that really diligently and FIFA have as well, because it’s one of the key things from their medical department in this tournament. 

Meanwhile James Maddison once again has not been named in the squad as he continues to recover from a knee injury sustained in Leicester’s final Premier League fixture before the World Cup break.

Southgate spoke earlier this week to hint that the midfielder may return for the final Group B clash against Wales after Maddison once again trained alone in a bid to expedite his recovery.

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