England skipper feeling fresh


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England captain Harry Kane has played down concerns over his fitness and insists he is feeling refreshed ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Kane spent around a month on the sidelines in the latter stages of the season just finished after sustaining an ankle injury in the victory over Bournemouth.

The Spurs hit-man returned to action from the bench for the win over Chelsea on April 1 and he was a mainstay in the starting eleven until the end of the campaign.

He bagged his highest-ever haul of goals, with 30 strikes to his name in the Premier League, although he was beaten to the Golden Boot by Mohamed Salah.

The 24-year-old ended the season strongly with five goals in his last six outings, while he added another in England’s friendly triumph over Nigeria on Saturday.

There were concerns over Kane’s fitness but he insists he has benefitted from some high intensity training and claims he is raring to go.

Kane said: “I feel really good and training has been of a high intensity. Obviously everyone is fighting for places and that has pushed everyone along fitness-wise.

“It’s been a tough camp and that’s what we all needed. It was good to get some minutes on the weekend and I’m fully refreshed.”

Kane is likely to lead the line once again when England, who are priced at 2.15 to win Group G, take on Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday before they head to Russia.

The Three Lions start their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18 before going up against Panama and Belgium in Group G.

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