The striker’s choice had been some extent of controversy within the build-up to those fixtures, with Jose Mourinho expressing his ideas. Kane got here off the bench within the 2-1 win over Belgium, having missed the 3-Zero win over Wales, however Southgate mentioned that was solely as a result of he wanted a little bit of “confidence” in his situation.
“Properly, medically, there’s been conversations, as a result of that might at all times be the case,” Southgate mentioned.
“He began to coach on the Wednesday, was slightly sad with how he felt, so then labored with our medical workforce the subsequent couple of days, we scanned simply to make certain nevertheless it’s a muscular fatigue problem reasonably than an damage, so it simply wanted a bit extra confidence.
“He knew by then he might push on slightly bit, however he simply wanted a bit extra confidence in it, and so his coaching week actually wasn’t appropriate to start out the sport.
“I believe he’ll have gained extra confidence from the spell he had tonight, and so all being nicely, we hope he’ll be good to start out on Wednesday.”
Southgate in the meantime praised the efficiency of Harry Maguire within the win over Belgium. The centre-half has come below criticism of late, amid a drop-off in kind after his controversy in Greece, however confirmed resolve in opposition to a stellar Belgian assault.
“You’re requested so many questions with the motion and the standard of the mess around. I believe our again gamers within the first-half, we didn’t have the construction fairly proper in entrance and the standard of defenders individually is one factor but when they don’t seem to be protected and the construction is just not proper then, in opposition to the easiest groups, it’s going to be an issue. I believe each issues mixed. However he’s a prime participant, now we have large religion [in him], it was nice to have him again within the fold and I believe he’ll take a variety of confidence from tonight’s efficiency.”