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World Cup 2022: England defender Harry Maguire issues fitness update to allay injury fears ahead of USA clash


England defender Harry Maguire hopes to be fit to face the United States on Friday after being forced off in the second half against Iran due to feeling ill.

Maguire justified his selection for England’s World Cup opener with a solid performance after Gareth Southgate drove him into a back four with John Stones.

But Iran striker Mehdi Taremi got the better of Maguire when he scored a late consolation goal and he immediately signaled for treatment complaining of blurred vision.

A groggy-looking Maguire was replaced by Eric Dier as a precaution, but he hopes to recover in time to face the USA, when England can secure a place in the last 16 with a win.

Maguire tweeted: “I felt bad in the second half so it came off as a precaution. Looking forward to Friday.”

Maguire and the other 10 players who started against Iran had a recovery session on Tuesday.

James Maddison has returned to training as he continues to struggle with a knee problem.

Southgate has allayed fears over captain Harry Kane, who left the stadium after the Iran game with a belt on his right ankle after a fierce challenge in the second half.

“I think Harry is doing well,” said Southgate. “It looked like a bad tackle, but he continued in the game. We really took him down because we felt like this was a moment we could do it.”

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