By Emma Sanders
Tottenham fans have reacted with frustration and concern on Twitter as Harry Kane was released from England duty and will not feature in their clash against Spain on Tuesday, the FA have confirmed.
Gareth Southgate told FATV that Kane has been released from the squad ahead of the midweek friendly because he needs to complete his own training after picking up a major injury earlier this season.
The striker was out of action for two months but was named on the bench for England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday evening.
“Harry Kane has returned to Tottenham and will not be in the squad on Tuesday. He came to us after not playing for several weeks,” Southgate told FATV.
“It’s important that he gets a different training programme to the one that we will follow over the next couple of games. I’m really grateful to Tottenham for letting us have him for the qualifier.”
The England international picked up an ankle ligament injury during Tottenham’s 1-0 victory against Sunderland in September and has made just seven appearances so far this season.
He returned to the Spurs team last week and scored in the second-half of their 1-1 draw against Arsenal but has been released from the England squad in order to carry out further recovery training.
The 23-year-old will not be risked in the friendly against Spain and will have to wait until 2017 to pick up his next England appearance.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
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