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Kane relief and could history repeat? – talking points as England tackle USA

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England will qualify for the World Cup knockout phase if they beat the United States on Friday.Ahead of the Group B clash in Al Khor, the PA news agency takes a look at five of the main talking points.Having headed to Qatar in the midst of a six-match winless run, Monday’s thrilling 6-2 victory against Iran was England’s best-ever result at the start of a major tournament and matched their highest-scoring World Cup match.

Gareth Southgate’s men are now looking for more of the same and to win their first two group games like in 2018, meaning they will seal progress to the last 16 with the clash against Wales to spare.England hearts were in mouths when Harry Kane went down clutching his right foot against Iran after a poor challenge early in the second half.

The fact he continued until the 75th minute and Southgate downplayed the issue allayed concerns, only for it to emerge the following day he needed a scan.

There was a collective sigh of relief for England as Kane was given the green light to train and now the 2018 Golden Boot winner will be looking to open his account at this World Cup after Southgate all but confirmed he will start.The availability of Kane is a huge boost for Southgate, who has to weigh up the rigours of tournament football in the middle of a hectic season with the need to qualify from the group.

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