ENGLAND’S World Cup hopes got a double boost yesterday when Harry Kane was cleared against the USA and Harry Mane arrived in Qatar.
The sun mascot rode in on a camel to roar at the Three Lions ahead of the decisive Group B clash.
And like every other fan, he was overjoyed when Gareth Southgate confirmed his near-namesake had overcome his fear of injury.
Southgate, 52, said of striker Kane: “He got through training with no problems. It would be a brave decision to leave him out.”
The manager also praised Prince William for his support of England as he shared how the team are on their way to becoming world champions.
Southgate said: “This is a good time for English football. We believe that we can be competitive for many more years.
“These players are putting the country on the map, they are reclaiming our seriousness on the world stage and we have to keep doing that.
“We’re hidden, we like our base camp very much, we don’t have TVs except for games.
“I’m sure the lads follow social media, but we’ve talked about the importance of ignoring these things. We actually called in the future king and talked to the boys about it.
“You just have to ignore the noise. It’s about focusing on the games and training.”
Southgate stressed that his young lions would not be satisfied against USA, who we have never beaten in a World Cup.
He said: “What we have to do is play on the field and we know we’re going to play against a highly motivated team and maybe even more motivated because of these kinds of headlines.
“But we have great respect for our opponents.
“We have to do our best and the risk for us is that we played well the other day [we think] We can just move on to the next game.
“We need to find that reset button so we have the same psychology and determination – and I see that in the players.”
“The locals support England”
A heated Kane will lead the line after being declared fully fit.
The Spurs star was substituted off with an ankle injury in the 6-2 win over Iran. Meanwhile, pictures emerged yesterday of Kane, 29, sporting a £535,000 rainbow watch despite the Fifa furore over the symbol.
He led the team into the Khalifa International Stadium before the Iran game wearing a Rainbow Rolex.
Instagram account Insane Luxury Life shared a snap of the watch previously worn by Stormzy to the 2020 Brit Awards.
England are cheered on by more than 8,000 lionhearts for tonight’s crunch game at the 69,000 capacity Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
Another win guarantees entry into the knockout stages. Around 3,000 fans who flew out for the game are joined by thousands from the region’s 120,000-strong expat community.
Among those cheering for England will be Harry Mane, who arrived yesterday on the camel Mustafa.
Our mascot said: “He didn’t have much to say. I think he had the hump because Qatar lost. I was hoping he would stick his neck out and go to England.”
The US has sold around 4,000 tickets to its fans who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday in Qatar.
Ashley Brown of the Football Supporters’ Federation said: “There were probably around 10,000 English fans there for the Iran game. So many of the people living here have chosen to support England. They’ve got their shirts on and they’re raising the flag.
“That is because so many British nationals live in the Middle East. And the popularity of the Premier League also means a lot of locals are supporting England.”
At home, fans will sink 20 million pints as the pubs prepare for one of the biggest nights of the year. Around 18million viewers are expected to watch, with many leaving work early to get a prime seat ahead of the 7pm kick-off.
Malls and retail parks hoping for a Black Friday will likely be deserted.
US fans try to goad the English rivals with a weak chant: “It’s called Soccer.”
They insist the game should be so well known – even though it’s football to the rest of the world.
The Yanks who insist on soccer throwing a ball around a grate will try their soccer chant at tonight’s crunch game.
One even mocked the slogan on star Christian Pulisic’s shirt on Twitter.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6762259/harry-mane-harry-kane-injury-fit-usa/ Harry Mane was overjoyed in Qatar when England striker Harry Kane declared himself fit to face USA in Group B