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Gareth Southgate has confirmed Harry Kane and Harry Winks withdrew from the England squad because they weren’t fit enough to play against Germany or Brazil.

“Both Harry Kane and Harry Winks were scanned, they were clearly not available for us but Spurs may risk them for the North London derby,” said the England manager. (Quotes via Football.London.)

It’s unclear whether he’s suggesting the pair are doubts for the Arsenal game. Regardless, Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Kane “will be available” for the derby.

“The players that are injured cannot play,” added Southgate. “I don’t take risks with players. It’s their livelihood, it’s their careers. As a manager you have a duty of care to the players.

“The last two international weeks, every player has been available for their club that weekend. I’m hearing talk of club v country. It’s nonsense.”

Dele Alli is also absent from the England squad with a minor hamstring problem. Hopefully all three players will be fresh and ready to take on Arsenal.

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