Gareth Southgate on fresh collision course with Jose Mourinho over Harry Kane

Gareth Southgate is ready to risk the wrath of Jose Mourinho by starting Harry Kane against Denmark.

Southgate insists “all being well” Kane should be ready for Wednesday even though the England captain was sent for a scan on a thigh problem last week amid injury fears.

It puts Southgate on collision course with Mourinho in a potential club versus country row with concerns over Kane’s fitness for the Nations League clash.

Tottenham boss Mourinho publicly pleaded with Southgate not to take any risks on Kane who has played in 11 games this season, started eight and was a substitute in Sunday’s win over Belgium after being deemed not fit enough to start.

There has already been dialogue between the Football Association medical staff and Tottenham doctors who are worried about Kane's fitness and whether his fatigue levels will make him vulnerable to injury.

Tottenham striker Kane missed months last season after tearing a hamstring at Southampton when fatigued and his recent injury record will raise alarm bells.

But Southgate insists they are not taking a risk with his fitness, gave him two days’ extra time off and have been careful with Kane now growing in confidence that he will be fit to start.

Southgate said: “Well, medically, there's been conversations, because that would always be the case, so he reported on the Sunday, we gave players that reported on Sunday, who weren't involved in the Wales game for us, we gave them two days' recovery.

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“He started to train on the Wednesday, was a little unhappy with how he felt, so then worked with our medical team the next couple of days, we scanned just to be certain but it's a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury, so it just needed a bit more confidence.

“He knew by then he could push on a little bit, but he just needed a bit more confidence in it, and so his training week really wasn't suitable to start the game.

“I think he'll have gained more confidence from the spell he had against Belgium, and so all being well, we hope he'll be good to start on Wednesday.”

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