England release Harry Kane as he continues recovery from injury

Kane was an unused sub during the World Cup qualifier win over Scotland

England release Harry Kane as he continues recovery from injury

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England manager Gareth Southgate has released Harry Kane from the squad ahead of their friendly against Spain.

Kane, who was an unused sub during England's win over Scotland on Friday, will return to Tottenham as he continues to recover from an ankle injury he sustained in September. The 23-year-old has played 73 minutes for his club since the injury and according to interim England boss Gareth Southgate, Kane can be excused from the upcoming sessions.

"Harry reported for us last week having not played a full game for some seven weeks but Tottenham were more than happy for him to come with us. It was never really my intention to start him in a game and I think 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 we were fine and covered for what we'd do for this game, the sessions that we're going to do aren't what Harry needs at this time, having had such a long lay-off."

Kane scored his third league goal of the season on his return for Tottenham last weekend, as part of their 3-0 win over Arsenal in the north London derby.

England face Spain in a friendly on Tuesday.