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Gareth Southgate has become embroiled in a power struggle with Jose Mourinho over England and Tottenham star Harry Kane.
Southgate has risked the wrath of the Spurs boss after admitting he will start Kane in tomorrow's Nations League clash with Denmark at Wembley.
This comes after Kane made a 25 minute appearance as a substitute in Sunday's 2-1 win over Belgium – despite not being fully fit.
Kane failed to start against Belgium after suffering a muscle problem in training – sparking fresh concerns over his fitness.
Mourinho was keen for Kane to return to Spurs to be assessed by the club's medical staff amid fears he could make the problem worse ahead of the resumption of the Premier League season.
But Southgate has dug his heels in by refusing to release Kane – and angered Mourinho even further by insisting the 27-year-old will captain the Three Lions against the Danes.
Mourinho had warned Southgate to look after Kane due to the potential fatigue factors regarding the talisman following Spurs' relentless start to the season.
But Southgate is desperate to beat the Danes and wants his strongest team available.
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He said: "Medically, there's been conversations because that would always be the case. He reported last Sunday and we gave players that reported on Sunday, who weren't involved in the Wales game for us, two days' recovery.
"He started to train on Wednesday, was a little unhappy with how he felt, so then worked with our medical team the next couple of days.
"We scanned (the problem) just to be certain, but it's a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury, so he just needed a bit more confidence.
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"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 (against Belgium).
"I think he'll have gained more confidence from the spell he had against them, and so all being well, we hope he'll be good to start on Wednesday."
- Harry Kane
- Gareth Southgate
- Jose Mourinho
- England Football Team
- Tottenham Hotspur FC
- Premier League
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