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Gareth Southgate urges England to think big ahead of USA game

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Gareth Southgate has challenged England to keep thinking big as they look to secure a place in the last 16 of the World Cup with victory over the United States.England captain Harry Kane has shaken off an ankle problem to be fit for Friday’s clash at the Al Bayt Stadium.Victory would ensure qualification for the knockout stage and would seal progression as winners of Group B should Iran and Wales draw earlier on Friday.Southgate is looking to go one better than at last summer’s Euros, where England lost the final on penalties to Italy, which followed three years on from reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The England manager believes such progression shows his players are putting the nation firmly back on the footballing map.“We feel that we can be competitive for years to come and that has to be the aim really, to have a sustained challenge in the latter stages on the big competitions, we haven’t done that for years and years,” Southgate said.“These players are putting our country on the map really.

They are regaining our respectability on the world stage and we have got to keep doing that.”Having Kane available could be crucial for England, who coasted to a 6-2 win over Iran to start their tournament in impressive style.Tottenham forward Kane underwent a scan on his foot after a heavy challenge during England’s opening World Cup win over Iran on Monday.Kane played on for 25 minutes before being replaced by Callum Wilson, but then had precautionary scans after leaving the stadium with light bandaging on his foot.The Tottenham striker trained at England’s Al Wakrah training base on both Wednesday and Thursday and Southgate revealed he is fit to start against the Americans.Asked if Kane would be in

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