Harry Kane injury development rocks England fans at FIFA World Cup

Harry Kane (pictured) is set for scans after hurting his ankle in the match against Iran at the FIFA World Cup. (Getty Images)
Harry Kane (pictured) is set for scans after hurting his ankle in the match against Iran at the FIFA World Cup. (Getty Images)

England captain Harry Kane has reportedly been sent for scans on his ankle after suffering a heavy challenge in his nation's opening FIFA World Cup match. Kane clutched at his ankle after a 48th minute tackle from Morteza Pouraliganji during England's 6-2 demolition of Iran.

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The striker managed to stay on till the 75th minute, but was substituted after appearing in discomfort. He was later captured walking around the mixed zone with his right ankle slightly strapped and with a limp.

However, in worrying news for England fanatics, Kane will have a scan on his ankle before their match against the USA. While there is no indication Kane will miss the USA game, the talisman has a history with ankle injuries and the latest development has sent shockwaves through the camp.

The scan still appears to be a precautionary measure with Kane taking part in the recovery session on Tuesday. If Kane is unavailable for the Group B clash against the USA, either Callum Wilson or Marcus Rashford will step in.

Meanwhile, James Maddison's knee problem once again ruled him out of training. Maddinson's limited time training with the England squad puts his World Cup participation in doubt.

England in One Love armband drama

Before their opening match, England and Kane were involved in the 'One Love' armband controversy. Kane, the Netherlands' Virgil van Dijk and Wales' Gareth Bale were all due to wear the OneLove armbands in Monday's games to show their support for inclusion.

The captains of Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark were also expected to wear the armbands in the coming days. However, FIFA made their position clear and told the captains they would receive yellow cards if they went ahead with wearing the armbands during games.

That sparked a backdown at the 11th hour and the armbands will not be worn. Captains playing on Monday opted not to wear the armband.

Harry Kane (pictured) thanks the fans.
Harry Kane (pictured) will receive scans on his right ankle ahead of the USA game. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand was dismissive of the football associations involved saying on BBC: 'First bump in the road and they have folded like a pack of cards.' But German federation president Bernd Neuendorf said the move was an "outrageous demonstration of power from FIFA."

Australia's gay footballer Josh Cavallo was scathing of FIFA's actions on Tuesday, saying the governing body has shown his sport isn't for everyone.

FIFA you have lost my respect," Cavallo posted on social media. "All the work we're doing to make football more inclusive you have shown that football isn't a place for everyone."

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