Tottenham striker Harry Kane and midfielder Harry Winks have been withdrawn from England’s squad ahead of their friendlies against Germany and Brazil in the coming week due to injury issues.
According the Daily Telegraph, both Kane and Winks did not report to England’s camp with rest of the squad at St. George’s Park. Furthermore, Kane and Winks aren’t the only Tottenham players to be missing the fixtures, as Alli is not a part of the squad as well. The 21-year-old is down with a hamstring injury and missed Tottenham’s 1-0 win against Crystal Palace over the weekend.
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Kane picked up a knee injury during Tottenham’s 4-1 over Liverpool at Wembley and was forced to miss the following two fixtures. Incidentally, Tottenham went on to lose both fixtures; 2-3 against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup, 1-0 against Manchester United in the Premier League. He did feature against Real Madrid in the Champions League and against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. However, he seems to have picked up another knock and as a result, he has been left out.
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Winks, on the other hand, turned his ankle against Palace and underwent a scan on Monday just like Harry Kane, who suffered a kick on his leg in the same fixture. Following this, Tottenham warned England authorities that they do not want to compromise on any of their players’ fitness, hence they were eventually withdrawn.
As a replacement for Winks, Southgate has decided to call West Bromwich Albion’s Jake Livermore, while Kane’s replacement is yet to be named. Southgate right now has Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy as his striking options. Furthermore, Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham, who is uncapped at the senior level, has been called up as well.
With that being done, the trio will undergo a rehabilitation during the two-week break and Pochettino will be hoping they all get a green signal ahead of their London Derby against Arsenal on November 18. Tottenham have been struggling with minor injury niggles this season and apart from the aforementioned trio, the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris are on the treatment table as well. Pochettino is also sweating on the potential absence of Victory Wanyama.
Let’s hope the injury concerns don’t harm our form and results.