Harry Kane released back to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of friendly against Spain

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Harry Kane only recently returned from an ankle ligament injury, scoring from the spot during the North London derby against Arsenal after seven weeks on the sidelines.

The striker played no part in England’s World Cup qualifying victory over Scotland on Friday night, and interim manager Gareth Southgate has now allowed him to return to his club rather than playing against Spain at Wembley on Tuesday.

“Harry Kane has gone back to Tottenham. Harry reported for us last week. Obviously he hasn’t played a full game for some seven weeks so it’s important that he gets a different training programme to what we’re going to follow over the next few days,” he told FA TV .

“I’m really grateful to Tottenham for letting us have him for the qualifier. Once we’d assessed our injury status and the fact that we were fine and covered and what we would do for this game then the sessions that we’re going to do aren’t what Harry needs at this moment in time having had such a long layoff.”

England’s match against Spain will be Southgate’s last in temporary charge of the team.

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