Gareth Southgate confirms Harry Kane will return to Bayern Munich due to ankle injury | Football


Gareth Southgate confirms Harry Kane will return to Bayern Munich due to ankle injury | Football

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Kane watched on from the stands at Wembley on Saturday night (Picture: Getty)

England captain Harry Kane will leave the Three Lions squad and return to Bayern Munich to continue his recovery from an ankle injury.

The Bayern striker suffered the injury after colliding with the post in last Saturday’s victory over Darmstadt.

After missing first-team training at St George’s Park during the week, he was left out of the squad that fell to a 1-0 defeat to Brazil at Wembley on Saturday night.

Gareth Southgate’s side are back in action against Belgium on Tuesday but Kane will have no role to play with the England manager confirming he will now return to Germany.

‘He’s going back, he won’t be fit for Tuesday,’ Southgate told a press conference.

Bayern will be hoping for Kane to recover as quick as possible with some huge games on the horizon for the German champions.

Immediately after the international break, they take on Borussia Dortmund on 30 March before taking on Heidenheim a week later.

Kane picked up the knock playing for Bayern last weekend (Picture: Getty)

The Bavarian giants then head to north London for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash against Arsenal on 9 April with the return leg taking place a week later.

For England, Aston Villa star Ollie Watkins was given the nod in Kane’s absence against Brazil. Ivan Toney was also in the squad and will hope to get his opportunity against Belgium midweek.

‘There were lots of very good performances,’ Southgate said. ‘It is a top level game and we have controlled long parts of it. We had as many attempts as them on goal but in the end it is that ruthless moment that decides the game.

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‘We’ve had a lot of players go on, a couple of debuts and some really important individual performances for us.’

On the performances of Watkins and Anthony Gordon, who made his England debut, Southgate added: ‘Very good. Anthony was excellent both sides of his game. With 15 minutes to go there were lots of changes and I think at the point the crowd were really pleased with the performance.

‘Of course when you lose the game it turns negative but we have to keep the context with that.’

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