Harry Kane leaves England squad to return to Tottenham Hotspur
Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Harry Kane has returned to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the friendly against Spain on Tuesday evening.
Kane was called up but did not play in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Scotland, which England won 3-0, but Southgate said it was in the forward's best interests to continue his rehabilitation from injury with his club.
"Harry Kane has gone back to Tottenham," Southgate told FA TV. "Harry reported for us last week, obviously he hadn't played a full game for some seven weeks and it's important that he gets a different training programme to what we're going to follow over the next couple of days.
"[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 [decided] 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 lay-off."
Kane damaged ankle ligaments in the 1-0 Premier League win against Sunderland on Sept. 18 but returned to score as Tottenham drew 1-1 at Arsenal last Sunday.
Southgate was prepared to use the striker if required in the World Cup qualifier but goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill rendered that a moot point.
England have not called up a replacement for Kane, with Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott all available to fill attacking roles.
The game marks the end of Southgate's temporary stint in charge of the national side, though he remains firm favourite to win a permanent deal after taking seven points from a possible nine in Group F.
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